BENTON HARBOR Two top political leaders in Benton Harbor are facing fines for the late filing of three forms required under Michigan’s Campaign Finance Act.
Mayor James Hightower and Commissioner Trenton Bowens will each have to pay $1,300. The Herald Palladium reports that the pair could have faced criminal misdemeanor charges, but the prosecutor decided not to file charges since the appropriate paperwork was eventually filed.
Hightower faced a complaint regarding the Moving Benton Harbor Forward committee, which was formed to support the special millage election in May 2013. He has already paid his fine.
Bowens' infraction came from the Citizens to Save Benton Harbor commitee , which was formed to support the city income tax proposal on the November 2013 ballot.