County officials hope lawmakers don't ignore local governments' needs

01/03/2011 08:10 AM

County leaders say they hope the legislature will at least debate several key issues facing local governments, including funding for jails and the long-term viability of the county employee pension system.

Chris Harris, a Pike County magistrate and the new president of the Kentucky Association of Counties, and Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger appeared on the last 2010 edition of Pure Politics on Dec. 22.

Harris also talked about new levels of oversight of spending and training for board members that has tightened the purse strings at the Kentucky Association of Counties.

State Auditor Crit Luallen looked into spending patterns in 2009 after the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on hundreds of thousands of dollars the organization spent on travel, meals and entertainment, including payments to a Lexington escort service on the KACo-issued credit cards assigned to a former board member and the former executive director.

Luallen recently told local officials at a KACo conference that the organization “has been significant progress both in complying with the audit recommendations” and the legislation the General Assembly passed in 2010 that requires additional transparency and oversight.

Here’s part 1 of the interview with Harris:

Harris also talked about some of the county-related issues that will likely be debated by lawmakers in 2011:

And Shelby County Judge Executive Rob Rothenburger, a Republican, also talked about some of those issues, including jails and funding for pensions for retired county workers:


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