House Bill 1 seeks more transparency for special taxing districts
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Jan 09, 2013 | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last year, Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen found 12 “special districts” – eight of which are taxing and four of which are non-taxing – in Trigg County, Communications Director Stephenie Steitzer of Edelen’s office said last week.

“Our next step is to try to get a bill passed in the upcoming General Assembly that would bring some reforms to special districts,” Steitzer said. “It would streamline their reporting requirements, call for audits to be conducted, require education and ethics training and add teeth to compel compliance.”

Listed as taxing districts are the Linton, Montgomery and Roaring Springs Volunteer Fire Departments, the Trigg County Ambulance District, the Trigg County Extension Service, the Trigg County Health Department, the Trigg County Hospital Taxing District and the Trigg County Library Taxing District.

Listed as non-taxing districts are the Barkley Lake Water District, the Cadiz/Trigg County Tourist and Convention Commission, the Trigg County Industrial Development Authority and the Trigg County Soil Conservation District.

At press time, the bill, which Steitzer said would be called House Bill 1, had not yet been filed, so it was unclear specifically how the bill would address the issues the state auditor raised last year.

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