Former Rapid City Mayors accuse Allender and City of violating State Election Law

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Four former Rapid City Mayors critical of the Civic Center proposal claimed there may have been violations of State Election Law by the City of Rapid City and more specifically current mayor, Steve Allender.

In a press conference held outside the current Barnett Arena Friday afternoon, Former Mayor Jim Shaw said they wanted the public to be aware of information that came to them from an elected official who remains anonymous. They claim that Allender violated a state law that says an elected official may not permit using public funds for the purpose of influencing the adoption or defeat of any ballot issue. They also said Allender used the work product of consultants in campaign literature.

"City products that have been paid for by taxpayers money has been handed over to a campaign to be utilized. This is about fairness folks. The one thing that we can all agree upon is that everyone needs to follow the rules but in this case it doesn't appear that the City felt or the mayor felt that they were obligated to do so," said Former Mayor Alan Hanks.

Following the press conference, Mayor Allender stated in an interview that both of the accusations being brought against him are false.

"There are some contracts just under $50,000. There's three of them to be exact, three different consultants, so no one consultant is making more than the $49,000 or whatever thousand dollars it is. Period. When the city pays taxpayer money and they get a document, that document is public record, anybody can request and see it and with these plans that they are talking about, I used the plans with the Vote Yes Campaign and I have them on my Facebook posts and whatever else, all of that's true because these are public documents," Allender said.

The vote on the Civic Center expansion is set for Tuesday, June 5.