House Floor Leader Rocky Adkins says legislation that would strengthen oversight of Kentucky's more than 1,200 local taxing districts will be called for a vote on Thursday.
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.
State Auditor Adam Edelen released a report last year showing Kentucky has 1,268 taxing districts that collect $1.5 billion in taxes and fees each year, plus $1 billion in government grants and private donations.