CINCINNATI (AP) -- Cincinnati Public Schools has settled an anti-tax group's lawsuit that alleged the district violated a 2002 agreement by allowing employees to promote a 2012 tax levy renewal through work email accounts.
The district's 2002 agreement with the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) prohibits use of district property or personnel to support or oppose political candidates or issues.
District spokeswoman Janet Walsh said Wednesday the district denies any violation but thought settlement preferable to continuing litigation. She said the district is paying $120,612 for COAST attorneys' fees.
COAST attorney Christopher Finney says a court order enforcing the settlement allows the district to be found in contempt of court for any future violations.
COAST is required to let the district address any future alleged violations before filing a lawsuit.