special taxing districts http://wkms.org en Edelen Hopes for Agreement on Special Taxing Districts Proposal http://wkms.org/post/edelen-hopes-agreement-special-taxing-districts-proposal <div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0"><p></p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt">State Auditor Adam Edelen is hoping lawmakers can reach an agreement next week on a proposal to better regulate more than 1,200 special taxing districts across Kentucky, what Edelen calls “ghost government.” Special taxing districts include local airport boards, water districts, and community action agencies.</span></font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt">&nbsp;</span></font></span></font></div><div style="margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt"><font size="4"><span style="font-size:14pt">The bill has passed the House and Senate, but the Senate’s version would give oversight of the taxing districts to county governments, something Edelen opposes.</span></font></span></font> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 19:59:22 +0000 Brenna Angel (KPR) 29086 at http://wkms.org Edelen Hopes for Agreement on Special Taxing Districts Proposal Edelen Voices Opposition to Special Taxing District Bill Amendment http://wkms.org/post/edelen-voices-opposition-special-taxing-district-bill-amendment <p></p><p>Legislation intended to increase oversight of Kentucky’s special taxing districts has cleared a Senate committee, but with a change that State Auditor Adam Edelen called unacceptable. Wed, 06 Mar 2013 21:47:54 +0000 Shelly Baskin & The Associated Press 28979 at http://wkms.org Edelen Voices Opposition to Special Taxing District Bill Amendment Senate Looking to Change Special Districts Reform Bill http://wkms.org/post/senate-looking-change-special-districts-reform-bill <p></p><p>The Kentucky Senate is preparing to act on a bill reforming the hundreds of special taxing districts in the state.</p><p>Many local library boards, sewer districts and fire districts are considered special taxing districts, with the power to levy taxes, but without direct oversight from local government. A recent investigation from the state auditor's office found many of the districts lacked proper oversight and documentation. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 12:32:35 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 28179 at http://wkms.org Senate Looking to Change Special Districts Reform Bill Special Taxing Districts Reform Sails Through Kentucky State House http://wkms.org/post/special-taxing-districts-reform-sails-through-kentucky-state-house <p></p><p>A bill&nbsp;<a href="http://wfpl.drupal.publicbroadcasting.net/post/special-taxing-districts-reforms-filed-moving-quickly-frankfort" target="_blank">reforming how the state's special districts&nbsp;</a>are categorized and making them more transparent easily passed the state House this morning, 96-1.</p><p>State Rep. Lynn Belcher, a Republican from Crittenden County, was the lone "no" vote. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 16:25:52 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 27827 at http://wkms.org Special Taxing Districts Reform Sails Through Kentucky State House House Delays Vote on Taxing Districts Measure http://wkms.org/post/house-delays-vote-taxing-districts-measure <p></p><p>The Kentucky House is voting today on legislation that would strengthen oversight of the state's more than 1,200 local taxing&nbsp;districts. The vote was postponed yesterday.&nbsp; The House Committee on Local Government approved the legislation Wednesday. The measure sets up a system for auditing the taxing&nbsp;districts, which spend some $2.7 billion a year to operate rural fire departments, airports, sanitation districts and even libraries. It would also create an online database where taxpayers could review financial reports for each taxing&nbsp;district. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:55:13 +0000 Whitney Jones & The Associated Press 27819 at http://wkms.org House Delays Vote on Taxing Districts Measure Reforming Special Taxing Districts to be Kentucky House's No. 1 Priority http://wkms.org/post/reforming-special-taxing-districts-be-kentucky-houses-no-1-priority <p></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 15px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-size:15px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,Times,serif;line-height:22px">The No. 1 priority for the Kentucky House in 2013 is set: Tackling recommendations from a recent report that found that special tax districts have big budgets and little oversight. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:05:04 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 25082 at http://wkms.org Reforming Special Taxing Districts to be Kentucky House's No. 1 Priority Kentucky State Auditor: Special Tax Districts Spend Much, Laws Need Overhaul http://wkms.org/post/kentucky-state-auditor-special-tax-districts-spend-much-laws-need-overhaul <p></p><p><font size="2">Taken together, Kentucky's special taxing districts spend more money than the state spends on Medicaid and infrastructure -- and nearly half of those districts are not following rules on filing budgets or submitting audits, said a report from State Auditor Adam Edelen released Wednesday.</font><br> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:41:29 +0000 Kenny Colston (KPR) 24511 at http://wkms.org Kentucky State Auditor: Special Tax Districts Spend Much, Laws Need Overhaul