State Auditor Mike Harmon says despite concerns no call yet for audit of KentuckyWired

08/08/2017 04:29 PM

BENTON – Kentucky State Auditor Mike Harmon says that he’s not sure yet whether his office will audit the finances related to the Kentucky Wired project which has been slowed by delays and increased costs.

KentuckyWired is a public-private partnership established with Macquarie Capital to design, build, operate and maintain the network for 30 years.

KentuckyWired is to be an “open access” network, meaning cities, partnerships, private companies or other groups may acquire access to the “middle-mile” lines, but the network would not be providing “last mile” services, or the lines that run to individual homes or businesses.

Because of the delays and costs, Senate Appropriations and Revenue Chair Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, has called for looking in to shutting down the program and eating the costs thus far, while other lawmakers have suggested that an audit of the entire project is in order.

While Harmon has heard those suggestions, he says that no one has approached his office about a potential audit.

“We haven’t had an official request, obviously, we heard it through the grape vine that that was something that they were looking at,” Harmon said. “Obviously, if they do, we can take a look at it.”

Harmon says that his agency is in the process of finishing up several audits.

“We’re doing the second half of the insurance premium fund,” Harmon said. You know, we did the Office of Criminal Justice Training, the second half of that is the Fire Fund, so we’re in the process, and we just literally, just started an audit of the AOC, the Administrative Office of the Courts.”

The Auditor’s office oversees more than 600 audits annually, including: accounts, financial transactions and performance of state agencies; public and quasi-private agencies that receive state funds; performance, management, conduct and condition of state-owned or operated institutions, such as prisons and public works; fiscal courts, county sheriffs, county clerks and educational cooperatives.


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