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Commissioner questions legality of flier distributed by NC school district

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A flier handed out by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is raising some questions. The flier addresses a proposed sales tax hike on the November ballot and how it could help the district.Possible_CMS_propoganda2

WSOC-TV spoke with a county commissioner who is upset about the flier, even calling it illegal.

“It’s pretty clear that their intent is to break North Carolina law,” said Commissioner Bill James. “You can’t use government resources to promote any side pro or con in a ballot initiative.”

The flier is on the CMS website, and James said it was handed out at the South Mecklenburg football game Friday night.

When questioned about the flier on Twitter, the district said it “Honestly had no idea, and was checking on it.”

Later, a spokesperson told Channel 9 the flier had been reviewed by their general counsel. The school system released a statement saying:

“The item referred to in your inquiry is a CMS informational item encouraging citizens to exercise [their] constitutional right to vote. It further shares information about how funding resources may be expended.”

Read full story: WSOC-TV