WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon February 18, 2013
Kentucky Senate Plans Changes to Bill on Special Taxing Districts
A bill that reforms special taxing districts in Kentucky is likely to undergo some changes in the Senate this week.
The measure is a partnership between Auditor Adam Edelen and House Speaker Greg Stumbo. It's based off recommendations Edelen made after his office found poor oversight of how the districts spend public money.
The bill creates a central registry for the districts and also aligns the dozens of state statues they must follow.
But Senate President Robert Stivers says the bill needs some changes, and Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer will handle those revisions.
"He tells me he's had some discussions with House members on what they felt were good aspects and bad aspects of the bill."
Thayer has in the past filed bills giving fiscal courts oversight over special districts. He says some of those old initiatives could be added to this new bill.