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Tue June 26, 2012
State Auditor Holds Town Hall In Lexington
LEXINGTON, Ky. - State Auditor Adam Edelen continues making the rounds in the state, meeting with special taxing district representatives in each of Kentucky’s Development Districts. Tuesday Edelen conducted a town hall in Lexington.
Tuesday was the second meeting in Edelen’s 15-district tour of the Commonwealth. The town hall-style discussion was intended to give those working in special taxing districts an outline of plans to increase accountability and them a chance to air concerns and questions. Edelen says he wants taxpayers to see results within six months.
"By the end of the year we're going to produce for the Kentucky taxpayer an online database where they can go and track the districts that operate in their area or any other area they may be interested in and see how much taxpayer money flows through them and whether or not they're operating in compliance with state law," he says.
Edelen has called the lack of oversight and information about special districts a scandalous mess, but at the town hall he stressed that the study will shine a light on those following the rules as well as those who aren’t. The meeting drew a capacity crowd – evidence, Edelen said, of the importance of the issue.