Kearny County This Month

The Kearny County Commission will meet in regular session Monday October 12, 2015 @ 8:00 a.m. in the Kearny County Courthouse


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We invite you to discover the wonderful life opportunity in Kearny County Kansas. Here you’ll find all the benefits of modern life but in a safe and comfortable small town atmosphere.

If you are planning a move to Southwest Kansas, the cities of Lakin and Deerfield have much to offer including top-rated school systems, a beautiful golf course, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, free fitness centers, shooting range, hunting, fishing and much more. Even better, you are less than 30 minutes from Garden City with dozens of restaurants, entertainment venues and major shopping chains.

You should keep in mind that new residents in Kearny County may qualify for financial incentive programs (Rural Opportunity Zone) that include Kansas Income Tax Waivers and Student Loan Repayments. In addition, the Neighborhood Revitalization Program offers incentives for citizens and businesses for substantially upgrading, adding to or building new properties in the county.

Browse our website using the top navigation bar and you’ll quickly discover why Kearny County really is a Wonderful Life Opportunity!

For more information please take a look at the Kearny County Brochure or you may watch the video below.

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Reminders from the County Treasurer’s Office

Personalized Tags

If you currently have a personalized plate, 2015 is the year you need to reorder. Applications should be made 2 months prior to your tag expiration date. If you would like to have the new plate at the time you renew, please apply early. Tags take 6-8 weeks to arrive after application approval. Application fee is $45.50.

October  Renewals

The “S”  Tags are due the last day of September. Please bring your drivers license and proof of insurance for each vehicle. If the states computer system is down, there will be delays in processing your renewals.

Taxes & Distributions 

Kearny County traditionally has above a 99% tax collection rate. There remains some outstanding bills. On October 1st, Delinquent Personal Property Warrants will be forwarded  to the Clerk of the District Court and court costs will be added to the bill. You will not be able to tag your vehicles anywhere in the state if you have delinquent personal property taxes.  After 3 years of delinquent property taxes, the property  may be sold for the amount due. Please contact the Treasurer’s office to take care of these matters and reduce accruing interest.

A distribution of taxes to the various cities, schools groundwater management, and county entities in the amount of $401,870.01 will be made September 18, 2015.


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Neighborhood Revitialization Program

Are you planning a construction project in Kearny County?

Would you like to save on property taxes?*

If so, the Kearny County Commissioners are happy to announce revisions in the popular Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP). Many of the construction projects and improvements you have seen recently in Lakin, Deerfield and around Kearny County have taken advantage of the NRP program.

What is the Kearny County Neighborhood Revitalization Program?

Simply put, it allows anyone planning new construction projects, renovations or improvements to save  on property taxes over 6 years following the completion of the project.

NOTE: To qualify for the property tax rebate
you must apply BEFORE construction starts!

If you are planning any construction, or would like to improve a residential, business or agricultural property, then the NRP program can save you a bundle in property taxes. The NRP program is available and will be considered for all of the following situations:

1) New construction projects on empty lots.

2) All construction projects including building additions, remodeling, renovations and improvements to existing properties.

3) New agricultural construction projects including building additions or improvements to existing properties.

The application is simple and you
can get approval in about 2 weeks.

In order to qualify for the rebate program, you must apply and get approval before you begin improvements! Contact the Community Development Department at 620-355-7358 or email at

For more information and to apply please access these PDF documents:

Benefits and FAQ’s Of The Neighborhood Revitalization Program

Kearny County Kansas Neighborhood Revitalization Act
and Application Forms (15 pages)

*Your rebate percentage will vary depending on county valuations.
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Rural Opportunity Zone

There’s something special about life in rural Kansas. Something authentic and wholesome. Something that makes it the ideal place to live, work and raise a family. And thanks to the new Rural Opportunity Zones program, there’s never been a better time than now to make rural Kansas your new home. If you’re looking for lower cost of living and better quality of life, Kansas is your best choice.

Kearny County is one of the 50 counties that have been authorized to offer one or both of the following financial incentives to new full-time residents:

  • Kansas income tax waivers for up to five years
  • Student loan repayments up to $15,000

Who’s Eligible?

To be eligible for Kansas income tax waivers, individuals must have:

  • established residency in a ROZ county on or after July 1, 2011
  • lived outside Kansas for five or more years immediately prior to establishing residency in a ROZ county
  • earned less than $10,000 in Kansas Source Income in each of the five years immediately prior to establishing residency in a ROZ county

To be eligible for student loan repayments, individuals must:

  • establish residency in a ROZ county after July 1, 2011 and on or after the date on which the county opts-in to the student loan program
  • hold an associate’s, bachelor’s or post-graduate degree
  • have an outstanding student loan balance

For more information about the Rural Opportunity Zones program including frequently asked questions, forms and contact information click here.

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