An ethics complaint about the actions of the Ysleta Independent School District superintendent and its then board president was filed with the Texas Ethics Commission back in 2015.
They were accused of using public funds to pay for political advertising relating to a pending bond issue.
The commission recently assessed a $500 dollar fine against each of the individuals.
According to the a Times article the superintendent said:
“that he does not agree with the commission’s ruling but agreed to pay the fine to avoid using taxpayer dollars to litigate the case in Austin.”
We believe that his decision was the right one, without regard as to whether he actually violated the law or did not.
We find it unfortunate, however, that:
“He said the district has paid both his and McClean’s fines, which totaled $1,000.”
The district did not violate the law. Whatever happened was the result of their actions and the taxpayers should not be required to pay the fines.
We deserve better