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Carroll County Public Library - Special Taxing District - What this means to you

State Auditor Adam Edelen is shining a light on special taxing districts.  But sometimes all the rhetoric, statutes and technical jargon starts to sound like Greek to me.  There are several different types of special taxing district, and your public library is one of them.  As a special taxing district, we can and do collect a property tax. 100% of the funds collected goes to the daily operation of your public library.  We are governed by a board of trustees, all of which volunteer their time and services.  Each trustee can serve up to two 4 year terms, and must take a year off after these to be eligible to serve again.  While these trustees are not elected, there is a process in place that allows the library, the state body governing libraries, and county government to have a hand in who sits on the board.  The current board of trustees submits two candidates to the Kentucky Department of Library and Archives to determine eligibility and then fiscal court appoints one of the nominees. 

We have an extremely mindful and conscientious board that includes a former teacher now principal at a Carroll County school, a bank president, an attorney, an employee of a major industry in Carroll County, and our newest member is a retired plant manager from another major industry in the county.  Our past members have included small business owners, stay-at-home moms, employees and managers from the major industry and business the county, retired and active educators, and the list goes on and on.  Because we have such a deditcated, mindful board of trustees who have always acted with integrity, I fully support State Auditor Edelen in his quest to identify all special taxing districts in the state.

This will be a learning experience for me and hopefully will bridge the gap between state government and special taxing districts.  There has been a great deal of negative press surrounding this. While we don’t know what action will be taken after all this information is compiled, I do whole-heartedly agree that the state should be able to identify every special taxing district and let the tax payers know how much of their money goes through each of them.  No one is perfect and mistakes may have been made by each of these districts, but it is my hope this will give us, as special taxing districts, the information and support that we need to assure the tax payers of this county we value, respect, and appreciate every dollar that comes through this library.