- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Whatcom County officials who mailed voters flyers about a proposed jail sales tax could face repercussions for violating campaign finance law.

The Bellingham Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1N8wLRM ) that according to a report included in the Public Disclosure Commission’s Dec. 3 meeting agenda, the commission had found that officials did not break the law.

On Dec. 2 more information was submitted to the staff, including documents that allege campaign efforts were coordinated a 0.2 percent jail sales tax to pay for a new Whatcom County Jail.

Voters rejected the tax.

Whatcom County officials put together a mailer about the proposed tax that was sent to registered voters in the county. According to a county contract, those were paid for with $28,000 of taxpayer money.

State law prohibits spending public money or using public office to promote or oppose a ballot proposition.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com

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