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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012 A3 THE ADVOCATE-MESSENGER WWW.AMNEWS.COM LOCAL/STATE NEWSbriefs Chief gardener Motorcycle ride rescheduled e 13th annual HOPE Motorcycle Ride to benefit Heritage Hospice has been rescheduled for April 28 because of the forecast for rain. Registration is 10 a.m. to noon at Heritage Hospice, 120 Enterprise Drive. Cost is $10 and $5 for extra poker hands. e first 50 people receive T-shirts. A cookout will be held at the end of this year's ride at Ultimate under, 308 Fackler St., in Danville. Members of the American Legion Post 18 will be cooking. is year, the Raptors of Perryville will help cover the road guards. For more information, contact Emily Toadvine at (859) 236-2425 or Roger Hundley at (859) 319-5983. Todd Kleffman/ Harrodsburg Police Chief Billy Whiteneck gets his hands dirty Thursday as he plants flowers in front of the police department on Greenville Street. Harrodsburg City Commission approved Whitenack's request for $571 worth of plantings to spruce up the department's exterior. State auditor vows crackdown on special taxing districts By FRANK BOYETT The Gleaner HENDERSON (KPNS) — State Auditor Adam Edelen plans in the near future to launch a “massive undertaking” to bring the state’s special taxing districts to heel, but he’s going to need your help to do it. at’s the message he brought to the Henderson Rotary Club ursday at Worsham Hall. ere are 45 different categories of special taxing districts governed by about 50 different state laws, he said. “We’re going to find out who has been audited as they should be by law and who has not filed the proper documentation with the Department of Local Government.” When he took office at the first of the year, he said, he asked officials at the Department of Local Government, which is supposed to be the depository of financial reports filed by special districts, how many of them existed. ey didn’t know. So he contacted the state Department of Revenue and asked how much money “flows through these special tax districts” and again came up dry. He said he has since determined that Kentucky has “We’ve got to be blunt: We’re a poor state. And a poor state can’t afford a culture of low expectations, and we certainly can’t afford corruption.” -Adam Edelen “somewhere between 1,500 and 1,600 special taxing districts” that “operate outside the traditional electoral structure” of fiscal courts or city governments. Local examples would include the districts that provide the library, health department and agricultural extension service, as well as districts that oversee various drainage ditches. “I’m a big believer in the work they do,” said Edelen, who said he thinks the vast majority are on the square. “But we’ve got to make sure that any entity that has the ability to reach in your pocket as a taxpayer is accountable to you.” Within the next few weeks he said he will be announcing “a comprehensive effort to get a real handle on how many special taxing districts there are in Kentucky” and “how much of your taxpayer money flows through these districts. How many are compliant? How many are not compliant” and how much money do they handle? “is will represent the largest attempt in Kentucky’s history to rein in government. at’s important. at’s not a conservative idea or a progressive idea. It’s a smart idea.” He stressed, however, that he’s not starting a witch hunt. “If you are doing the right thing, you have nothing to fear from oversight by the taxpayer watchdog,” he said. “Let’s open the books. Let’s let the sunshine in. Let’s make sure in Kentucky that everybody is fully accountable to those they have the ability to tax.” But he said he’s going to need the public’s help in this task. His office already does 600 audits a year, as required by law, with a staff of 130, and this job is going to be “a massive undertaking, but it’s one that is critically important. When you see government not living up to its mandate to the people, you need to let us know. e business of providing ethical, honest government can’t fall to just one person.” Edelen also said the state auditor “is the second most important constitutional office we have because it’s the one we depend on every day to fight for honest, ethical, efficient government. I get to attack the two biggest formidable obstacles to progress in Kentucky.” e first, he said, is a “culture of corruption and a culture of low expectations that for too long has robbed our people of a government that is as good as they are. e second is a scarcity of resources in which to invest in our people. “I take it personally when we don’t have enough money to fully fund our schools because somebody’s stealing money somewhere. I take it personally when we don’t have money to invest in job creation or infrastructure ... because some governmental entity is wasting our tax dollars. “e fact is we’ve got to be blunt: We’re a poor state. And a poor state can’t afford a culture of low expectations, and we certainly can’t afford corruption.” Man attacks sister, binds her hands and feet BARDSTOWN (KPNS) — Drive residence and put a A woman dialed 911 with her knife to her throat. After a nose after her brother al- brief struggle, he choked her legedly attacked her until she passed out, a and bound her press release from the hands and feet with Bardstown Police Deduct tape shortly partment alleges. after midnight e woman told Wednesday. police that when she Jake Black, 19, awoke, she had been Bardstown, aldragged into the bathBlack legedly came up beroom and her hands hind the woman in her Leroy and feet were bound together. She was able to break free but Black allegedly attacked her again and bound her hands and feet with clear duct tape. When police arrived, they reportedly found her still restrained, saying her brother was threatening suicide. Black was reportedly discovered in the residence’s garage, lying next to the exhaust pipe of a car with the engine running. He was un- armed and taken into custody. Black was lodged in the Nelson County Jail and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and second-degree unlawful imprisonment. As of ursday morning, Black was being held on a $25,000 cash bond, and was scheduled to go to court that day. Register for Fall 2012 PRESCHOOL at Danville EDP looks to win ‘Best Small Town’ award Danville has been nominated in Rand McNally’s Best of the Road “Best Small Towns in America” competition. e winners of the competition will be decided by an online vote. In order to vote for Danville, visit or visit Danville’s page directly at Voters must register on the website, avoid multiple daily votes and write a brief review of Danville. After writing a review, voters can vote for one of five different categories. e Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership requests voters concentrate their votes in the “Most Beautiful Town” Day of Prayer category, in order to improve Danville’s chances of observance set winning. Voters can return e 61st annual Na- after reviewing Danville tional Day of Prayer will be and vote once every day. observed in Danville noon May 3 at Grace PresbyteMeetings rian Church, 180 Venture Drive. e theme is “One Human Rights Comnation under God.” mission — 6 p.m. Monday Everyone is invited to in the fiscal courtroom at join the community in the Boyle County courtpraying for our nation. house. Senate budget committee adds vetoed road projects By BETH MUSGRAVE Lexington Herald-Leader FRANKFORT — e Senate budget committee added about $50 million in road projects to the Transportation Cabinet’s operating budget ursday for Senate President David Williams’ Southern Kentucky district. If the changes become law, which seems unlikely, they would reverse Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision Wednesday to veto the road projects from a different bill that contains the state’s twoyear road plan. e committee approved House Bill 2, the Transportation Cabinet’s operating budget, but added Williams’ road projects as an amendment to the bill. e bill will be voted on Friday by the full Senate. Sen. Robert Leeper, I-Paducah, said the measure was an amendment and could be defeated in the full Senate without killing the bill. e House also could choose not to accept the amendment. Or, if the House approves the changes, Beshear could again veto the projects. Leeper, who sponsored the amendment, said that an article in ursday’s Lexington Herald-Leader showed that Democratic House leaders’ districts received more money per capita in the road plan than Williams’ district did. Before Beshear vetoed the projects, a HeraldLeader analysis showed that Williams’ six-county district would have gotten $1,017 per person in road spending, compared to $2,411 per person in House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s district and $5,259 per person in House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins’ district. After the vetoes, Williams’ district will get roughly $700 per person, Williams said Wednesday night. Adding the vetoed road projects into the transportation budget seemed fair, Leeper said. He said Williams did not urge him to sponsor the amendment. e transportation operating budget, HB 2, was one of two pieces of legislation that the General Assembly is considering during the special legislative session, which began Monday at a cost of $60,000 a day to taxpayers. Beshear called the special session after the Republican Senate refused to pass the transportation operating budget on April 12, the last day of the regular 60-day law-making session. Williams wanted Beshear to sign the two-year road plan before the Senate voted on the operating budget. Beshear refused to sign the two-year road plan on the 12th, saying he needed more time to analyze the 400-page document. Beshear signed the road plan Wednesday, but not before line-item vetoing several projects in or near Williams’ district. Sen. Gerald Neal, DLouisville, said after ursday’s vote that the legislature appeared to be heading in the wrong direction as an institution. “I can’t say this is our finest hour,” Neal said. “I am hopeful that we don’t extend this any more than it’s already been extended.” MARKSBURY FARM MARKET Buy Local, Eat Well. “Cream On The Top” Milk and Natural Yogurts 18 19 Actual: 77 | 58 20 Actual: 79 | 59 21 Actual: 66 | 63 Forecast: 81 | 59 Farm Fresh Eggs Local Pasture Raised Meats Call for Your Spring Check-up Tuesday, April 24, 2012 1:00-2:00 pm Programs for 3,4,5 year olds FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT PAT STEWART, DIRECTOR AT 859-319-0422 145582 or visit our website at Heating and Air Conditioning Refrigeration HVAC #MO4139 BOILER #1494 ME #17722 CE#17723 24 Hour Emergency Service Available 213 West 213 We Second Street • Perryville, KY lle (859) 332-2705 Local, Certified Organic Vegetables Shop Made Meat Pies and Dinner Ready Items Tuesday – Saturday • 10am – 6pm 73 Fisher Ford Road • Lancaster, KY 40444 859.754.4224 Take Rt 34 (Lexington Rd) across Herrington Lake and turn left at the top of the hill.

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