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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