Edelen to unveil Richie Farmer audit Monday, will start special taxing district probe in May

04/27/2012 03:47 PM

State Auditor Adam Edelen will release the findings on Monday of his first major investigation since taking office in January — the review of the Kentucky Agriculture Department under its former commissioner, Richie Farmer.

Farmer, who ran on the Republican gubernatorial ticket with David Williams last year, has been the subject of numerous articles about questionable spending and personnel moves.

But Edelen wouldn’t comment on what else the audit revealed or how much trouble Farmer could be in until the audit is released at a news conference Monday morning. Here’s all he would say about it.

But Edelen did tell business leaders at a Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday that he will launch his next big investigation next month into special taxing districts. These are water and sewer, fire department and library districts that can impose their own fees.

Here’s what he said:

As for politics, Edelen has been mentioned as a potential Democratic candidate for governor in 2015. But he said it’s way too early to talk about that.


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