Kearny County This Month

The Kearny County Commission will meet in regular session Monday November 7th, 2016 @ 8:00 a.m. in the Kearny County Courthouse.

Voter Registration for the upcoming November 2016 General Election closes at noon Tuesday October 18, 2016. Please read below regarding rules concerning voter registration applications submitted without proof of citizenship.


 This notice covers persons who have applied to register to vote and have not yet provided proof of citizenship. Due to recent court rulings, if you have applied to register to vote at a Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles office or if you have applied to register to vote using the “Federal Form” voter registration application (as opposed to the standard ‘state form’) and have not yet provided proof of citizenship, you are registered to vote for the November 8, 2016, general election. Your name will appear on the poll book for your voting location and you will be given a standard ballot. There is nothing further you need to provide subject only to further official notice.

If you have questions concerning your eligibility or this notice you may contact your local county election office or the Secretary of State’s office at (800) 262-8683.




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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

“S” tags are due the last day of October.  Please remember your proof of insurance for each vehicle.

Please remember to renew your tags and drivers license at your earliest convenience; if there is trouble with the State Computer System, we are unable to process these items.

If you sell a vehicle, be sure to keep the tag. You are eligible for a refund on that tag or you may transfer the money that is left on it to a new vehicle. Do not let the buyer drive off with your tag. In Kansas, the tag belongs to the person-not the vehicle. Letting the buyer drive off with your tag could cause you grave legal consequences if that vehicle is in an accident.


If you have a truck that requires a 2290 (over 54,000 pounds) be sure you have filed with the IRS. In January the treasurer’s office has to have a stamped form to renew your heavy trucks.

Personalized Tags

 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.

Taxes & Distributions 

A distribution was will be made on October 31, 2016 in the amount of $244,972.07 to the schools, cities, groundwater management and county entities.

The treasurer has a property tax collection rate of 99.99% of the 2015 taxes billed. This will be the final distribution for the 2015 taxes; we are preparing to start the 2016 tax cycle. Watch for the tax statements at the end of November.

More information is available at the County Treasurer’s office.


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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
  • There is a limited amount of money budgeted annually for this program which may result in a wait list for available funds.

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

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