The state Elections Enforcement Commission has issued two rulings about a postcard reminder sent to Brookfield residents recently. A challenge was brought by Republican Matt Grimes against then-First Selectman Bill Davidson and the Brookfield Water Pollution Control Authority.
The Authority told Davidson it would repay Brookfield for the cost of a postcard about a pending referendum question. The Authority did repay the $1,200 postage allocation. Since the postcard urged support for the referendum, it was considered advocacy and found to be in violation of Connecticut Statutes.
The SEEC found that the violation was not intentional and was based on a good faith misunderstanding of the law. The SEEC ruled that Brookfield take reasonable steps to educate officials of the law in question and that Davidson pay a $250 fine for violating the statute. The SEEC also ruled that the BWPCA educate its officers of the law.
The Authority is a quasi-state agency that the town is required to have. It governs all sewer usage in Brookfield including setting the rates and regulates installation.