"They spend 2.7 billion dollars a year of your money. In 117 of 120 counties including this one, the people spend more in fees and taxes collectively to special districts than they do their elected county government through property tax," said Edelen.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- State Auditor Adam Edelen has already done quite a bit in his short time in office.
One of the first things he did was an audit of former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer.
He also conducted a large investigation into special districts.
"They spend 2.7 billion dollars a year of your money. In 117 of 120 counties including this one, the people spend more in fees and taxes collectively to special districts than they do their elected county government through property tax," said Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen.
Special districts were defined as any non-elected entity with the ability to charge fees or taxes like a library or health department.
Edelen wanted to change the way things were.
"His very first priority was something that wasn't in the law. We could audit special taxing districts. He came up with the figure of five or six billion dollars was being spent and not audited," said Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Kelly Thompson.
Edelen worked with lawmakers to come up with a new law that passed this year.
The law now requires oversight, and organizations to report their numbers.
"I told people that were doing it the right way, you ought not to lose a minutes sleep, but those who were choosing to operate as ghost governments, choosing to operate outside the system for the first time ever we've got the ability to identify them," said Edelen.
He said this is about making Kentucky smarter with its money.
"When we lose a dollar to inefficiency that's dumb. When we lose a dollar to corruption that's dumb, because what it does is it robs us of our ability to make investments in the next generation," said Edelen.
Edelen also talked about his office tackling other issues like education. Big projects like these are helping him build a platform to run for Governor.
Edelen told us Wednesday, he has not decided whether he will run for governor in 2015.
He said he's focused on his current duties as auditor, but said he's excited to be a part of the conversation.