Auditor Mike Harmon Releases Audit of Barren River Area Development District
Audit by Auditor Harmon’s Office is Second ADD Audit under New Law
Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon traveled to Bowling Green today to release the Fiscal Year 2021 audit of the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD). Auditor Harmon and his audit staff discussed the audit and its one finding during a meeting of BRADD’s board.
“The audit of BRADD is the second ever financial audit conducted by my office under authority granted to us by the General Assembly in 2017,” said Auditor Harmon. “House Bill 189, sponsored by former Representative Jim DeCesare of Bowling Green, and Representative Susan Westrom of Lexington, gives the Office of the Auditor of Public Accounts the right to either audit area development districts by our own staff, or review ADD audits conducted by private accounting firms. This means taxpayers will have more transparency of how ADDs are using public dollars, leading to more accountability to those they serve in their communities.”
Auditor Mike Harmon Releases First Audit of Area Development District Conducted Under New Law
Audit of Green River Area Development District Released by Harmon’s Office
Today, Auditor Mike Harmon released the results of the first audit of one of Kentucky’s area development districts under authority granted by a law that passed the General Assembly unanimously in 2017. Auditor Harmon and his audit staff presented the audit report of the Green River Area Development District (GRADD) to their leadership during a meeting in Owensboro.
“Today’s audit report release is the culmination of cooperation by many to increase the level of transparency and accountability among Kentucky’s 15 area development districts, allowing taxpayers and those who depend on services ADDs provide a clearer picture of how they are using public dollars,” said Auditor Harmon. “My office worked with the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and others on House Bill 189 which passed unanimously in the House and Senate during the 2017 session of the General Assembly. I also want to give a special thanks to former Representative Jim DeCesare, and Representative Susan Westrom for sponsoring House Bill 189 during that session.”
Kentucky’s Road Fund Subject of New Data Bulletin Released by Auditor Harmon’s Office
Report provides public information on revenue sources, expenditures for fund
Today, Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon’s office released a data bulletin focused on the Commonwealth’s Road Fund, in particular the sources of revenue and expenditures for the fund in Fiscal Years 2018, 2019 and 2020.
“All Kentuckians, from the very young to very old, depend on our highway system to get us to school, work and the places we need in order to live fruitful lives,” said Auditor Harmon. “I believe it is important for all of us to understand how the money that maintains and builds our highway system is generated, and how it is spent. That is why my office decided to compile data on Kentucky’s Road Fund in a way that is more easily understood."
Latest Data Bulletin by Auditor Harmon Focuses On Communication Services, Equipment Contracts for Kentucky County Jails
Report highlights procurement, financial relationships between jails and vendors
Mike Harmon, Kentucky’s 47th Auditor of Public Accounts, today released a data bulletin by his office that provides information to taxpayers on communication services provided by Kentucky’s county jails to their inmates and the revenue generated for the jails. The data bulletin examines each county jail’s communication services and equipment contracts active from July 1, 2019 and November 15, 2020.
“These contracts have become a newly developed source of revenue for our county jails, and are raising a variety of issues for jailers, county governments, and our auditors,” said Auditor Harmon. “Our data bulletin, which is not an audit, provides information about the types of communication service contracts at county jails, how they were procured, and the financial benefits jails are receiving from communication services vendors.”
How Has Kentucky Spent Coronavirus Relief Funds? Latest Data Bulletin by Auditor Harmon Provides Information
Report reviews state spending of federal CARES Act dollars
Today, Auditor Mike Harmon’s office released a data bulletin that focuses on how the Commonwealth of Kentucky spent Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) provided through the federal CARES Act. The data bulletin details information provided by the Office of the State Budget Director (OSBD) on how $1.732 billion in CRF allotted to Kentucky has been used through March 31, 2021.
“Our data bulletin is not an audit, but rather serves as a way to gather information related to the spending of public dollars and present it to Kentuckians as part of my office’s goal of making all levels of government more transparent and accountable to taxpayers,” said Auditor Harmon. “The funds will also be subject to an audit, but due to a high level of public interest, we wanted to present the data in a way that was accessible and easier for people to understand."