Special elections and primaries come with a cost.

Freedom isn’t free. Either are elections.

The Augusta Council found out Tuesday night that the primary that will feature nine candidates in three wards will cost the city about $4,178. The city will pay these costs out of the Electric Administration Fund.

General elections don’t cost the city anything, but special elections and primaries do come with a cost.

The city could also face a tough financial decision if legislators in Topeka go through with plans to pass legislation that would remove the tax burden from “trade fixtures.”

Trade fixtures are equipment and machinery that are affixed to real property. Those have been assessed as real property.

The new legislation would provide a savings to manufacturers, but the cost to local government would be significant.

In fact, Augusta would have to increase the mil levy by almost 4 mils to make up for the lost revenue.