The Lawrence school district this week mailed out a 16-page flier explaining details of a bond issue that will be decided in Tuesday's elections.
And although district officials say it was an informational flier meant to inform voters about the proposal, some voters who received it say it looked more like taxpayer-funded political advertising.
"Although technically it's for information only, it's slanted pretty strongly (toward) 'vote yes,' and I think it's kind of sad that they send that out at the last minute with my tax dollars," said Kent Shrack, who received one of the fliers.
Shrack said he supports public schools but feels the proposed $92.5 million bond bond issue is too expensive. He also said he objects to the district calling it a "no tax increase bond issue."
"Without the bond issue, our taxes would go down," he said.
The flier contained much of the same information as the most recent school district newsletter that was inserted in the Sunday edition of the Journal-World on March 24.
Julie Boyle, communications director for the district, said the flier was only informational and did not advocate a political position. She also said it was similar to informational fliers that other school districts have sent to their voters regarding bond proposals.
"It is the district's responsibility to inform voters about the school bond election and how the school board has designated bond funds to be spent," Boyle said.
Boyle said the flier was mailed to 9,442 registered voters in the school district. She said it cost the district $2,112 to print in-house, which was charged to the district's communications account, and another $2,218.87 for mailing, which was charged to postage account.