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Majority Caucus members support Kentucky State Auditor’s effort to catalogue and report on special tax districts

Friday June 8, 2012

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

The effort to bring greater accountability to special taxing district in all of Kentucky’s counties announced Wednesday by State Auditor Adam Edelen is being applauded by several members of the Majority Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council.

“This effort is long overdue and will be of great help to any city or county in the Commonwealth when it comes to reviewing the operating and capital budgets of these districts,” says Majority Leader Madonna Flood (D-24). “It will be a great way for any citizen to know where their tax dollars are being spent by all agencies of their government.”

Edelen announced on Wednesday work to compile a special database for special taxing districts throughout the state. The effort will show all special districts operations in the Commonwealth. Recent audits of MSD in Louisville and the Bluegrass Airport in Lexington prompted the action.

“I applaud Auditor Edelen in his efforts to help make the use of tax dollars transparent. Educating the public of the various special taxing districts, their responsibility and how they dispense their funds is always a good move,” says Councilwoman Marianne Butler (D-15), who chairs the Council’s Budget Committee.

“We are currently reviewing the needs of our government with the understanding that are resources are limited,” says Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D-5). “This move by the State Auditor will make a full accounting of how all government agencies spend money available to everyone.”

“The Metro Council has put a great deal of emphasis on how we select the people who serve on our boards and commissions,” says Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12) who chairs the Committee on Appointments. ”Many times though, the public does not have an easy way to see how certain boards and Commissions spend money. This effort will shine some needed light on what’s been spent and why.”

Sponsors:
Madonna Flood (D) 24
Marianne Butler (D) 15
Cheri Brant Hamilton (D) 5
Rick Blackwell (D) 12