The Dickson County Election Commission discussed the possibility of suing the county commission after it refused to move funds within the election budget to cover the cost of a part-time worker. At last week’s meeting, election Commissioner Allen Johnson made a motion to petition the Dickson County Chancery Court to order the county commission to restore the funding the election office needs to finish the current fiscal year and the full amount it requested for its 2013-14 budget. With new members Kory Harvey and Tim White absent at Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioner Melba Isom seconded the motion for discussion, but cautioned the commission should “tread carefully” to be sure suing the county is the right thing to do. But Commission Chairman Jack Garton said he would not support taking the county commission to court. “I will not vote to sue the Dickson County Commission,” Garton said, adding that ignoring the “edict” of the commission would be a risk. The county commission rejected a request to amend the election commission budget by moving $3,500 from a surplus in one line item to cover a cost overrun in the part-time salary line. The election commission originally requested $11,000 for a part-time worker but the budget approved by the county commission only allowed $8,000. The 2013-14 budget currently being considered by the county also includes only $8,000 for a part-time worker. “I was flabbergasted,” Johnson said about the commission’s vote, which he said “singled out” the election commission. Johnson pointed to Register of Deeds Jackie Farthing’s current appeal of a ruling in her lawsuit seeking additional money for her budget, but Garton said Farthing is going to lose that appeal and end up paying her attorney’s fees out of her own pocket. Garton eventually convinced Johnson and Isom to withdraw their motion and second and said the election office would work within the budget it has left, even if it means the part-time employee will not work until the beginning of the new fiscal year and he said the office will not get more than the $8,000 budgeted for the upcoming year and will have to “work wisely” to make it last.