House delays vote on taxing districts measure

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Associated Press

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 7:01 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The House has postponed a vote on legislation that would strengthen oversight of Kentucky's more than 1,200 local taxing districts.

The vote had been scheduled for Thursday, but House Floor Leader Rocky Adkins said it has been postponed until Friday.

The House Committee on Local Government approved the legislation on Wednesday.

The measure sets up a system for auditing the taxing districts, which spend some $2.7 billion a year to operate rural fire departments, airports, sanitation districts, even libraries. It also would create an online database where taxpayers could review financial reports for each taxing district.

Auditors have identified 1,268 taxing districts that collect $1.5 billion in taxes and fees each year, plus $1 billion in government grants and private donations.

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The legislation is House Bill 1.

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