Senate looking to go farther with special taxing district oversight bill

02/18/2013 09:45 AM

Senate Republicans like the general sentiment of the bill that would regulate special taxing districts like water and sewer departments and some volunteer fire agencies. But leaders in the upper chamber said Friday they expect to make changes.

“There are some of us who think that that bill doesn’t go far enough,” said Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown. Thayer has sponsored bills in the past aimed at bringing transparency to those special taxing districts. Starting in 2009, the bills Thayer has pushed for required counties to approve any tax and fee increases proposed by special districts.

That’s not one of the provisions in House Bill 1.

Auditor Adam Edelen last year conducted the first review to determine how many special districts are operating in Kentucky and found 1,268. He also made recommendations to better oversee them. He told a House committee last month that some special districts already are required to report to their county governments. And all of them, under a provision in the bill, would be monitored by the Department of Local Government, an agency that reports to the governor.

Here’s Stivers and Thayer told reporters Friday about House Bill 1:

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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