FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 9, 2023) – Today, Kentucky Auditor Mike Harmon's office released thFiscal Year 2022 audit of the Pennyrile Area Development District (PADD), which has no findings. Auditor Harmon joined with his staff in presenting the audit report to PADD's board at a meeting in Hopkinsville.
“My goal as Auditor since I first took office is to bring greater transparency and accountability of how government operates to those we serve, the taxpayers of Kentucky," said Auditor Harmon. “House Bill 189, which passed the House and Senate unanimously during the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, gives my office the right to either audit area development districts by our own staff, or review ADD audits conducted by private accounting firms."
House Bill 189 came to fruition thanks to the efforts between Auditor Harmon, members of the General Assembly, the Kentucky Council of Area Development Districts, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and others.
The PADD audit, which can be reviewed here, is the fourth overall area development district audit to be released by Auditor Harmon's office since HB 189 became law, and the second for Fiscal Year 2022. Last month, Auditor Harmon's office released the FY22 audit of the Cumberland Valley Area Development District.
Previously, the Auditor's office conducted audits for Fiscal Year 2021 of the Green River Area Development District, and the Barren River Area Development District.