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BOZEMAN — Bozeman commissioners have settled a lawsuit accusing city officials of breaking campaign laws in the lead up to last year's elections.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports commissioners approved the settlement Monday, freeing the city to continue building the Bozeman Public Safety Center.

The center will house police, courts, victim services and a relocated fire station.

Voters approved the construction project in November through a $36.9 million bond.

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Bozeman Public Service Commissioner Roger Koopman filed a complaint against the city the same month to void the election. He claimed officials illegally used public time and money to advocate for the building.

The city maintains it followed the rules.

The city must pay Koopman $21,955 in attorney fees and detail what staff will do to keep citizens aware of any city dollars that go into future elections.

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