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Clark County

April 18, 2007

Waiz returns $3,800 in donations

Mayor Rob Waiz settled his account with the Jeffersonville Ethics Commission on Tuesday, leaving the panel with no open cases three weeks before the May 8 primary election.

Waiz presented the commission with a letter and copies of checks indicating he returned $3,800 in campaign contributions to 10 city employees, a pair of Jeffersonville businessmen and the head of the flood-control program that is owned jointly by Jeffersonville and Clarksville. Waiz also provided the panel with a copy of a $5,000 check from a third local businessman, giving the commission the information it needed to determine that the mayor’s campaign could keep it.

The board voted 4-0 to accept the information and close the findings of fact that were issued on March 27.

“I hope this resolves all issues my campaign has with the commission so we may move forward for the betterment of the citizens of Jeffersonville,” wrote Waiz, in the letter presented to the commission. “Obviously, the ethics ordinance is not a perfect law and needs some modifications for both clarification and fairness. I look forward to working with the commission and the City Council to improve the ethics ordinance.”

Commission member Bruce Barkhauer said, “I’m pleased that the mayor has responded and I’m glad that the matter is closed. It’s clear that the ordinance is having an effect on the way campaigning is done in the city.”

Waiz’s campaign was cited for violating the city’s new campaign finance ordinance — which he signed into law last year — after accepting $1,000 from Elmer Hoehn and $250 from Ned Pfau, a pair of Jeffersonville businessmen who were involved in a lawsuit against the city in 2004, relating to the construction of Perrin Point, a patio home development along Utica Pike.

The Ethics Commission determined that Waiz could keep $5,000 from Neal Harding, whose Cherokee River LLC developed Perrin Point and was a co-defendant with the city in the suit filed by Hoehn, Pfau and other neighbors.

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