March 14, 2014
It appears Harrisonburg and Rockingham County broke the law when they spent money for political ads last fall.
Each locality spent about $1,700 of taxpayer money for ads in the Daily News-Record last October encouraging 'yes' votes on two state bond issues.
This year, State Senator Kevin Miller asked Attorney General Jerry Kilgore if the ads were legal. The Attorney General's opinion is they broke the law.
Miller says, "Taxpayer funds should not be used to influence for or against not only local referendum but any political issue that's on the ballot."
Miller forwarded the opinion to the Harrisonburg City Manager and the Rockingham County Administrator. But he says he will not pursue the issue any further.