special taxing districts http://wfpl.org en Compromise Reached, Special Taxing District Reform to Become Law http://wfpl.org/post/compromise-reached-special-taxing-district-reform-become-law <p>Kentucky lawmakers reached a deal Monday in a conference committee on legislation addressing issues with special taxing districts.</p><p>The committee adopted a new proposal that would require special districts to present their annual budgets or any new fee increases to their local fiscal court. But the compromise on House Bill 1 does not allow the fiscal court veto or approval powers of the special district's actions, as <a href="/post/kentucky-senate-changes-special-taxing-district-reform-house-objects">Senate Republicans had recently suggested.</a></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:12:44 +0000 Kenny Colston 4449 at http://wfpl.org Compromise Reached, Special Taxing District Reform to Become Law Kentucky Senate Changes Special Taxing District Reform; House Objects http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-senate-changes-special-taxing-district-reform-house-objects <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Changes to a bill reforming how special taxing districts operate in Kentucky could kill the legislation in the final days of the General Assembly session.</span></p><p>State Sen. Damon Thayer, a Georgetown Republican and the majority floor leader, introduced the changes in committee on Wednesday which give local governments veto powers over possible rate increases by special districts. Those changes later passed off the Senate floor.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 22:22:44 +0000 Kenny Colston 4366 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Senate Changes Special Taxing District Reform; House Objects Auditor Adam Edelen to State Senators: Don't Amend Special Taxing Districts Bill http://wfpl.org/post/auditor-adam-edelen-state-senators-dont-amend-special-taxing-districts-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Auditor Adam </span>Edelen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is encouraging Senate lawmakers not to tweak the special district taxing district reform bill, which is largely based on his proposals from a report last year.</span></p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:05:40 +0000 Kenny Colston 4234 at http://wfpl.org Auditor Adam Edelen to State Senators: Don't Amend Special Taxing Districts Bill Senate Considering Changes to Special Taxing District Reform Bill http://wfpl.org/post/senate-considering-changes-special-taxing-district-reform-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill aimed at reforming the way special districts are treated in Kentucky is likely to undergo some changes in hands of the state Senate.</span></p><p>House Bill 1 is a partnership between Auditor Adam Edelen and House Speaker Greg Stumbo, based off recommendations Edelen made during his investigation<a href="/kentucky-state-auditor-special-tax-districts-spend-much-laws-need-overhaul"> of special taxing districts</a>&nbsp;across&nbsp;Kentucky.</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Kenny Colston 4026 at http://wfpl.org Senate Considering Changes to Special Taxing District Reform Bill Special Taxing Districts Reform Sails Through Kentucky State House http://wfpl.org/post/special-taxing-districts-reform-sails-through-kentucky-state-house <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill </span><a href="/post/special-taxing-districts-reforms-filed-moving-quickly-frankfort" style="line-height: 1.5;">reforming how the state's special districts </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">are categorized and making them more transparent easily passed the state House this morning, 96-1.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Rep. Lynn Belcher, a Republican from Crittenden County, was the lone "no" vote.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 16:18:31 +0000 Kenny Colston 3883 at http://wfpl.org Special Taxing Districts Reform Sails Through Kentucky State House Special Taxing Districts Reforms Filed, Moving Quickly in Frankfort http://wfpl.org/post/special-taxing-districts-reforms-filed-moving-quickly-frankfort <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FRANKFORT — Efforts to reform Kentucky's laws for more than 1,000 special taxing districts—such as library boards, fire districts and sewer districts— are quickly moving this week &nbsp;in the General Assembly.</span></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 18:31:51 +0000 Kenny Colston 3818 at http://wfpl.org Special Taxing Districts Reforms Filed, Moving Quickly in Frankfort Reforming Special Taxing Districts to be Kentucky House's No. 1 Priority http://wfpl.org/post/reforming-special-taxing-districts-be-kentucky-houses-no-1-priority <p>The No. 1 priority for the Kentucky House in 2013 is set: Tackling recommendations from a recent report that found that special taxing districts have big budgets and little oversight.</p><p>Auditor Adam Edelen recently finished a report on the districts, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-auditor-special-tax-districts-spend-much-laws-need-overhaul">detailing billions of dollars in spending with little to no oversight in most areas.</a>&nbsp;Special taxing districts include the Metropolitan Sewer District and library boards.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:24:57 +0000 Kenny Colston 2710 at http://wfpl.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://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-auditor-special-tax-districts-spend-much-laws-need-overhaul <p></p><div>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.&nbsp;</div><p></p><p>A special taxing district is a quasi-governmental agency that collects fees or taxes, such as library boards, soil districts and health districts.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:31:19 +0000 Kenny Colston 2500 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State Auditor: Special Tax Districts Spend Much, Laws Need Overhaul Edelen Wants to Review and Reform Taxing Districts, But First He Has to Count Them http://wfpl.org/post/edelen-wants-review-and-reform-taxing-districts-first-he-has-count-them <p>Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen is encouraging local officials to help him find out about the state’s hundreds of special taxing districts.</p><p>A special taxing district is a quasi-governmental agency—such as a local sewer system or public library—that gets its funds from a separate tax.</p><p>No one knows how many such districts there are in the state. And since the spring, Edelen has set out to find and catalog all of the districts, then see if any are abusing public funds.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 20:15:20 +0000 Kenny Colston 1343 at http://wfpl.org