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State agency: North Attleboro School Department violated laws by advocating for tax increase through email

<p>North Attleboro School Superintendent Suzan Cullen. (Staff file photo by Mike George)</p>

North Attleboro School Superintendent Suzan Cullen. (Staff file photo by Mike George)

 NORTH ATTLEBORO — A state agency has found that the school department apparently violated campaign laws by advocating for a tax increase, but the agency has declined to report the alleged violation to the attorney general.

The North Attleboro School Department used its email list and server to distribute information in support of a ballot question asking for the tax increase, or override, the agency found.

State law prohibits the use of public resources to advocate for a political purpose that other taxpayers disagree with.

The agency found that the school department’s emails clearly advocated for voters to approve the tax increase, warning of the “devastation” that would result if the tax increase was defeated.

The tax increase failed at the polls.

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