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"After the race ended with such a close result, DCBOE and the media bandied around $50 as the cost of a single precinct’s recount. Given 15 precincts in Ward 8, a full recount with that number would cost White $750.
After just one day of recounting, though, White is now facing down a $2,276.80 debt. White thinks the elections board has duped him on the cost of a full recount, saying now that the $750 was just a deposit on the full bill. As White watched the recount bill balloon in May, he called off the recount early."