By RONNIE ELLIS
When lawmakers worked out a compromise on a bill to provide transparency to special taxing districts, they trumpeted it as an example of bipartisan cooperation.
But Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, wanted to give local governments veto power over the districts’ tax rates, and he plans to try again next year.
Reaction from county officials so far is less than enthusiastic, although muted.
Most supported the original bill as sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, and pushed by auditor Adam Edelen. It provided accountability but no additional role for local legislative bodies.
“Most local officials preferred the original version of House Bill 1,” said LaRue County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner. “The amended version actually somewhat clouds transparency.”
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