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Group files election complaint vs. Pasco superintendent



With a week to go before election day, the West Pasco Board of Realtors filed an electioneering complaint Tuesday against Pasco school superintendent Heather Fiorentino regarding her information campaign on Amendment 1.

The organization contends that Fiorentino's use of district e-mail to inform employees about the ramifications of the referendum, which would change the property tax system, violated the law that forbids governments from soliciting votes.

Fiorentino said she hadn't sent out any e-mails, though she acknowledged having the district staff create a 5-minute DVD about the topic. She said she considered the content neutral.

"I firmly believe we have a delegation that is going to fight for education," Fiorentino said. "I just wanted to share the tax information."

Greg Armstrong, the Realtor group's president, said the information coming out of the superintendent's office clearly links passage of Amendment 1 to a decrease in education funding, which in turn could cost some people their jobs. And his group, he noted, didn't have the same access to provide information.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:32am]


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