KAYSVILLE -- The lieutenant governor's office is "processing and reviewing" a complaint it received regarding the handling of information involving the Nov. 2 Kaysville bond election.
The state elections office received a complaint stating public dollars were spent to produce and mail a flier to homes in support of the $4.5 million bond that voters eventually rejected by a 57 to 43 percent margin.
"We are processing (the complaint) through and reviewing it," said Mark Thomas, director of elections for the lieutenant governor's office.
Thomas said the state received a complaint on or about Nov. 10 from Kaysville resident Margaret Brough.
The section of state election code Brough claims was violated is 20A-11-1203, Thomas said. The chapter addresses public entities being prohibited from expending public funds on certain electoral matters.
"Unless specifically required by law, a public entity may not make an expenditure from public funds for political purposes or to influence a ballot proposition," the law states.
"Nothing in this chapter prohibits a public entity from preparing information analyzing the pros and cons of a ballot proposition when requested to do so by the public entity's governing body," it states.
Thomas said it is a class B misdemeanor for any public official found to be in violation of the law. A class B misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of six months in jail and/or a fine up to $1,000.
"The complaint filed by Mrs. Brough is a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly," said Mayor Steve Hiatt.
"Mrs. Brough has made no attempt to contact the city council or city attorney with her concerns," he said.
Hiatt said regardless of the complaint, "we are confident Kaysville city acted appropriately and encourage a thorough review by the lieutenant governor's office."
Thomas said the state is at step one of the process and has contacted city officials.
Upon further review, should the complaint merit closer inspection, it would be forwarded to the attorney general's office, he said.
Kaysville voters on Nov. 2 rejected a $4.5 million bond to build a new police station at the corner of Main Street and 100 North.
Brough was one of many residents who openly opposed the bond. She helped organize a group called Kaysville Citizens for Responsible Government.
"I want justice," Brough said of her reason for filing the complaint with the state. "Whatever justice is.
"I want justice and honesty in our city government. I want them (city officials) to straighten out their act."
Brough spoke against the bond, saying it would be too much debt and poorly timed debt, considering the economy.
Hiatt responded to Brough's claims by saying: "We have a wonderful community. Our staff and elected officials are honest, dedicated and work diligently to ensure Kaysville remains a safe and wonderful place to live. I believe the vast majority of our residents share that feeling."
Hiatt said Brough has done much good for the community and it is his hope they can move past some of her frustrations that are "decades old" and look forward.
But it may take time before a decision is made by state officials regarding how they will proceed with the complaint raised over the Kaysville bond.
Thomas said some case reviews can take up to a year before a decision is reached. This particular complaint could take less time because it does not appear to be overly technical, he said, and because Brough has already provided the state with the material needed for officials to review the matter.
"(Brough) did send quite a bit of information over," Thomas said.
The city's cost to hold the bond election was about $85,000, according to an earlier article.
That total included the cost for brochures, as well as engineering and design work related to the proposed structure.