AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The state auditor has backed Akron City Council's publication of newsletters that advocated for and against local and statewide election issues.
The Republican members of the Summit County elections board had claimed that council violated the law by using taxpayer dollars to pay for newsletters that took a position on ballot issues.
Secretary of State Jon Husted had sided with the board's Democratic members against referring the question to prosecutors, but ordered the board to put the question to the auditor.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports Monday (http://bit.ly/SfHqOW ) that Auditor Dave Yost found state law barring public money from being used to advocate for a ballot issue does not apply to a chartered city like Akron.
Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com