Vehicle registrations will be investigated

By BOB JOHNSON
Register City Editor

Allen Countians who tag vehicles in other counties or out of state so they can pay lower taxes may hear from a sheriff’s officer soon.
Dick Works, county commission chairman, noted Tuesday that Neosho County was cracking down on residents who used the strategy to save money on taxes and that he had been approached by citizens who thought the same should occur here.
State law requires a vehicle to be tagged in the county where the owner lives if it is kept there more than 90 days a year.
In Kansas, vehicle taxes vary from county to county, sometimes by a substantial amount. That is because vehicle taxes are figured on the average of all ad valorem tax levies in each county. Consequently, levies in Coffey County, which has a much higher assessed valuation than Allen because of the Wolf Creek nuclear plant, are significantly lower than those in Allen.
The same is true with taxes in some other states, including Missouri.
A report from Neosho County said some residents voluntarily changed registrations after learning of the crackdown.

COMMISSIONERS approved bids by Iolan Larry Calahan, for $700, to redo cabinets at the Iola Senior Center and from Home Detail, for $7,622.95, to lay a new tile floor. Money will come from senior services funds in the county’s budget, money that’s raised annually by a 1 mill levy.
They also authorized County Clerk Sherrie Riebel to seek a 95-5 grant from the secretary of state’s office to buy ballot management computer programming materials. The county’s 5 percent share would be $1,025.
Commissioners heard requests from Kelli Kramer, representing the Allen County Conservation District, and Alan Hauser, representing the Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center, for county funds for their 2010 budgets. Kramer asked for $25,000, the same as this year, and Hauser sought $106,100, a 3 percent, or $3,100, increase. Commissioners said they would consider the requests when they formulated the county’s budget.