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Edelen Voices Opposition to Special Taxing District Bill Amendment


Legislation intended to increase oversight of Kentucky’s special taxing districts has cleared a Senate committee, but with a change that State Auditor Adam Edelen called unacceptable.

The measure sets up a system for auditing the entities that collect more than $2 billion a year to operate government services like sanitation and libraries. It also would create an online database where taxpayers could review financial reports for each taxing district.

The Senate State and Local Government Committee added a provision that would allow county fiscal courts to veto increases in taxes or fees imposed by the taxing districts. Edelen staunchly opposes the provision.

Shelly Baskin works in MSU's Office of Regional Outreach and is a graduate student in Occupational Safety and Health. A roustabout from Memphis, Tennessee, Shelly first found his way into WKMS through the newsroom back in 2011 through luck, charm and force of will. Though he left news for another position, he still enjoys working on independent radio projects and volunteering for the station. He’s an avid disc golfer and occasional real golfer and is terrible at both. A lover of all things musical, Shelly is always ready to hear something new and unique.
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