Edelen finds $2.7 billion ‘ghost government;’ creates online database of taxing districts

Frankfort, Ky – State Auditor Adan Edelen Wednesday unveiled a public database and accompanying report that show special taxing districts generate $2.7 billion a year – a situation Edelen is calling Kentucky’s “ghost government.” The auditor’s office identified more than 1,200 special districts – unelected entities such as libraries, sanitation districts and public health departments – that have the ability to fee and tax but operate with little oversight and accountability, according to a news release from Edelen’s office. Click here for more from Kentucky Press News Service. Go to this website – www.citizenauditor.ky.gov – for all the information from the State Auditor’s investigation into special districts.

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