Alaska Town Spends 7k Appealing $37 Fine
Okay, it was $37.50, for an election-law fine against the mayor of Fairbanks.
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The Alaska Public Offices Commission ordered City Mayor John Eberhart to pay the $37.50 fine in May after concluding he broke a state law in the October 2013 election by sending an email on his city council email account, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports…
Fairbanks has paid about $7,000 during appeals, city attorney Paul Ewers said. The funding comes out of the city’s claims budget. The Fairbanks City Council held a closed-door executive session about the city’s appeal strategy earlier this month.
The city government is paying for Eberhart’s appeal costs because it’s obligated, in most cases, to defend public officials who are sued as part of their official duties under the city’s indemnification law, the newspaper reported.
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