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Edelen to audit special districts

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen says his office will begin looking at “special taxing districts” that include water and sewer, library and extension services.

In an interview with central Kentucky cable channel cn/2, Edelen said the first order of business is to figure out how many such districts exist n the state.

Edelen told Ryan Alessi, host of cn/2’s “Pure Politics”, that as micro-government organizations, special taxing districts can charge fees and taxes to fund their operations, but said no collective information about them exist in Kentucky.

“… They range from sanitation and conservation districts, to fire districts, to library boards and airport boards and infrastructure authorities,” Edelen said. “I’m a big fan of the work they do. But at the end of the day, if you’ve got the ability to reach into the taxpayers’ wallets, you’ve got to be accountable to them.”

Edelen told Alessi there could be between 1,200 to 1,800 special districts in the state. He said he will announce more details at the end of this month.

Letcher and most other Kentucky counties have at least four special taxing districts — extension services, health, library, and soil conservation.

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