By Becky Killian / Editor
Although Knox County ranked 32nd in population among Kentucky’s counties in the 2010 U.S. Census, its special taxing districts cumulatively collected the second highest amount of taxes and fees, or $169.6 million, according to a report issued by Wednesday by state Auditor Adam Edelen.
The graph was prepared using estimated totals that were based on reported totals from the fiscal year 2011 and the totals shown are cumulative.
Jefferson County, which is the state’s most populous county, tops the list with $334 million. The county with the second highest population, Fayette, ranked fourth with $75 million.
One county with less population than Knox made the top five list — Fleming — which ranked 77th in population during the last census.
In another graphic that listed the top 10 counties based on special district estimated revenue per household, Knox topped the chart with $13,550. Coming in second was Fleming County with $10,065 and Perry was third with $6,066.
A special district is an unelected entity that can tax or charge fees to the public, the report states. The auditor’s office attempted to identify and gather data on these districts, which are used to provide necessary services such as water, fire protection and economic development. That information has been compiled into a database that can be found by visiting auditor.ky.gov and clicking on “Citizen Auditor Initiative.”