Utah County commissioners say they support a policy that requires candidates for public office to disclose financial contributions prior to elections, but before approving such a policy they want more feedback from local political parties.
Last week, Commissioner Sid Sandberg, in one of his last motions before leaving office, proposed an ordinance that would require candidates to disclose all contributions of more than $50 prior to the primary and general elections. State law requires financial disclosures be filed after the general election.The ordinance would require statements to be filed with the clerk/auditor by 4 p.m. five days before the elections. A $250 fine would be levied for each violation.
Monday, Commissioner Gary Herbert said that even though he believes some type of policy is needed, he feels some of the ordinance requirements are burdensome and would be difficult to enforce. He said requiring candidates to place a dollar value on volunteer work and to include promised contributions is unfair.
"I have a hard time with money promised rather than money received," Herbert said.
Commissioner Malcolm Beck said he would like to see a policy in effect before the next election, but wants the political parties to have more say in the policy.