- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

PROVO, Utah (AP) - City officials in Provo and Orem have been fined for using a public email address to advocate against a referendum.

The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1TLNCNx ) that Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson fined Provo Deputy Mayor Corey Norman and Orem city manager’s assistant Steven Downs $250 each for violating a law that prohibits using a public entity’s email address for advocacy.

Thompson says it can be difficult to know what constitutes advocacy and says he runs such issues by legal counsel.

Bus Rapid Transit referendum organizer Frank Anderson said in a statement that the officials used public funds and resources to campaign against the referendum.

Norman says the email was inviting residents to discuss the BRT project. He says the fine appears politically motivated.

Downs says he will appeal the fine.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com

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