By Becky Barnes
and Kate Darnell
Two state organizations funded by county and city government money will face an investigation by Kentucky state auditor Crit Luallen’s office. The Lexington Herald-Leader recently reported findings of excessive spending by the organizations’ top officials, which has spurred audits.
Luallen announced on Wednesday, July 1, that her office will begin a complete investigation on the spending by the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky League of Cities.
“Because of recent newspaper articles and specific concerns brought to my office, the Kentucky State Auditor intends to audit KLC and KACo,” Luallen said in a press release. “This office has a responsibility to Kentucky citizens to ensure accountability for their tax dollars.”
The Herald-Leader reported at the beginning of July that KACo board members had spent nearly $600,000 in two years on travel, meals and other expenses. More than half of those expenses were charged by Bob Arnold, KACo’s executive director.
In June, the newspaper reported that the League’s top three leaders charged $300,000 in trips and expenses over three years.
Records obtained by the Cynthiana Democrat in an open records request indicate that the city of Cynthiana has paid the League over $350,000 for insurance, dues and conference registration fees this year.
Likewise, Harrison County puts money into the KACo coffers.
The county government pays an annual membership fee of $900. However, other services for which the county contracts KACo amount to $172,544.18.
For complete story, see the print edition of the July 16 Cynthiana Democrat.