Auditor to review Ky.'s micro-government groups such as library, sewer and fire districts

05/06/2012 05:04 PM

The next target of the state auditor’s office will be “special taxing districts” that include sewer and library services — and the first order of business is to figure out how many such districts exist, state Auditor Adam Edelen said.

In the third part of the Pure Politics interview with Edelen, he explained that these micro-governmental organizations can charge fees and taxes to fund their operations. But no collective information about them exist in Kentucky, he said.

“The statutes describe 45 different times. And they range from sanitation and conservation districts, to fire districts, to library boards and airport boards and infrastructure authorities,” he said. “I’m a big fan of the work they do. But at the end of the day, if you’ve got the ability to reach into the taxpayers’ wallets, you’ve got to be accountable to them.”

He said there could be between 1,200 to 1,800 special districts. Edelen said he will announce more details at the end of May.


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