State Investigating Safety Sales Tax Campaign

Following a request from the Attorney General's Office, the Public Disclosure Commission is investigating allegations against Benton County officials.

It's alleged that county officials improprly used public resources to campign for the Safety Sales Tax measure that was passed earlier this month.

Leon Howard, a member of a committee that opposed the tax, filed the complaint back in June, then filed it again in July.

Howard claims officials used city-issued cars to drive to events supporting the campaign and used work emails to spead the word.

According to the Commission's Office, it's illegal to use to public facilities and tax dollars to support ballot measures in an election.

But, it is legal for officials to talk publicly about how a measure will effect their agency.

The Commission's Office has until the beginning of September to respond to the complaint, informing the AG's office on what action to take.

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