School bond campaign tactics under investigation
October 29, 2015
The Summit County Attorney’s Office is investigating representatives of the Park City School District as well as opponents of the district’s controversial $56 million bond for allegations of illegal conduct related to the bond.
According to a press release issued late Wednesday by the county attorney’s office, there have been reports of school district representatives potentially using public funds to campaign in favor of the bond, which would violate the Political Activities of Public Entities Act. The county attorney’s office has also received reports that opponents of the bond may have violated the Utah Election Code by campaigning on school property.
Robert Hilder, Summit County Attorney, said in the press release that the investigations into these claims are ongoing and no charging decisions have been made.
"However, I think it is important for all parties to understand the election laws found in the Utah Code and to abide by them and the prohibitions against certain behaviors," he said in the release. "We would hate to see a legitimate ballot question marred by errant conduct."
The bond would fund several capital projects the school district contends are necessary to keep up with rising enrollment, but opposition about it has swirled for months, making it perhaps the most contentious item in the county on Tuesday’s Election Day ballot.
The Park Record will publish additional details on this story as they become available.