Courtesy Keith Faber
Auditor of State


When a school district, village, city, township or county has a levy or bond issue on the ballot, remember that local government may not:

• Use public money to support or oppose the passage of a levy or bond issue;

• Compensate an employee for any time spent at an activity intended to influence the outcome of a levy or issue;

• Publish information with the intent to influence, support, or oppose the outcome of a levy;

• Allow a levy committee to use their facilities to hold a private/closed meeting;

• Allow a levy committee to use their facilities to hold an exclusive meeting;

• Allow a levy committee to use that subdivision’s resources (i.e. equipment and supplies) free-of-charge. The committee must pay for the usage;

• Allow a pro-levy or anti-levy committee to use that subdivision’s resources without allowing the same resources to be used by a committee with the opposite position;

• Allow a levy committee to use their nonprofit bulk mail rate permit;

• Spend public money to create and send home political subdivision-sponsored levy-related communications that are intended to influence, support, or oppose the outcome of a levy;

• Allow a pro-levy or anti-levy committee to send home communications without allowing an opposing committee to also send home communications;

• Allow employees to attend and speak at levy committee meetings during regular working hours with the intent of influencing, supporting, or opposing the outcome of a levy;

• Publish, distribute, or otherwise communicate information that:

• Contains defamatory, libelous, or obscene matter;

• Promotes alcoholic beverages, cigarettes or other tobacco products, or any illegal product, service, or activity;

• Promotes illegal discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, handicap, age or ancestry.

• Publish, distribute, or otherwise communicate information that supports or opposes:

• Any labor organization or any action by, on behalf of, or against any labor organization;

• The nomination or election of a candidate for public office;

• The investigation, prosecution, or recall of a public official; and

• The passage of a levy or bond issue.

This is including social media profiles created, maintained, and/or used by a school district, village, city, township or county.