Richard Lacey, an assistant city attorney, said the city can't answer the chief operating officer questions posed by former Mayor William Stortz.
Lacey said that state law requires "strict neutrality" by city officials on referendum questions.
Municipal employees "cannot take any official action" related to the issue, he said, or they could face fines up to $1,000 and other penalties.
So it's up to supporters of the COO to respond to Stortz, if anyone does.
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