By RONNIE ELLIS
State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, made clear Wednesday he wants a bill to provide transparency and accountability for special taxing districts to go beyond what Auditor Adam Edelen and House Speaker Greg Stumbo have urged.
Edelen appeared before the Senate State Government Committee to explain the bill, which passed the House 96-1.
It would require all special taxing districts to submit financial reports to the state Department of Local Government, which would post the information on a central online database where the public could view them.
The law would authorize DLG to alert Edelen of any district that was out of compliance with requirements for audits or financial reports which would then trigger a special examination by the auditor. And it would require special taxing districts to conform to the local government’s Code of Ethics.
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