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Accountability - Playing by the Rules

There are not many aspects of modern Twenty-first Century life in America that allow one to do just as you like, the way you like it and to disregard the legitimate interests of others. The rules of modern life are the laws we have made, and there are a lot of them.

There are state statutes, administrative regulations, rules, policies, inspectors, building codes, rules of professional ethics, ordinances, orders, occupational licensing, competency examinations, insurance requirements, permits, complaints, enforcement proceedings, fines and penalties.

There are police, prosecutors, arrests, courts, judges, advocates, lawyers, jailers, constables, sheriffs, process servers, bail bonds, juries, depositions, affidavits, incarceration, trials, hearings, appeals, notices, subpoenas and an occasional execution.

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2016-05-05

Kentucky's Byzantine System of Ghost Governments

In November, 2012, Kentucky's Auditior of Public Accounts issued the first-ever attempt to document Kentucky's more than 1,200 Special Districts. The report, Ghost Government: A Report on Special Districts in Kentucky, outlines the problem.

Special Districts are a form of local government that provides the people of Kentucky with several critical services including fire protection, water, library, soil conservation and more. The issues are that those who operate these various special districts are not elected and they function with only minimal supervision or external control. The Auditor's report states:

". . . . there is a difference between the districts themselves and the scandalous lack of system-wide oversight of them. Their work is critical to the communities they serve, their members put in considerable hours on a voluntary basis and the vast majority are honest stewards of the tax dollars. . . While most districts operate honestly, the status quo makes no meaningful distinction between this majority and the minority who engage in waste, fraud, and abuse"

2016-03-14