Carrboro’s insistence on filling the vacancy on its Board of Aldermen through a special election has long been confusing.
Every other municipality in North Carolina fills vacancies such as the current one through appointment — as did Carrboro until 2007.
The fact that the special election will cost the town about $11,000 is even more ludicrous now that only one candidate, Damon Seils, has filed to run for the seat.
The town will now be paying all that money for an election that the board itself could have filled at virtually no additional cost to the taxpayers.
That $11,000 could have been better spent in a variety of areas, including: