"The fact that nobody in Kentucky can answer the question of how of these districts there are and how much of our tax payer money flows through them every year isn't just shocking. It's a scandal," says Adam Edelen, the Auditor of Public Accounts.
Edelen is talking about Special Districts; organizations that are unelected but still have the ability to tax you.
"We know them better as library boards, soil and sanitation districts, airport boards," adds Edelen.
Edelen wants all of these organizations spending records to be tracked and available to the public. His team is now building a database to store all of this information.
" At the end of the day, having 4 million auditors is a lot better than having one," says Edelen.
Edelen says this type of transparency is long overdue, "The benefit of this initiative is turning the lights on for an entire layer of government that is too often operated in the shadows."
Edelen believes this will make Kentucky a leader in accountability and transparency, "Not only is this effort a first of its kind in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, we believe it's the first of its kind across the entire United States."
Edelen hopes to have the database available by the end of the year.