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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Error found on tax statements

  • Property tax statements mailed late last week to property owners in Leavenworth County mistakenly instructed taxpayers to make out their checks to "Janice Van Parys."
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  • Property tax statements mailed late last week to property owners in Leavenworth County mistakenly instructed taxpayers to make out their checks to "Janice Van Parys."
    While Van Parys is the new county treasurer, she said the county tax statements should have instructed people to make out their checks to her office or Leavenworth County instead of her personally.
    Van Parys said she didn't learn of the mistake until people started calling her office Monday.
    "The phone has been ringing like crazy," Van Parys told Leavenworth County commissioners.
    She spoke to the commissioners Monday morning to make them aware of the problem.
    County Commission Chairman Bob Holland said he already had noticed the mistake.
    "I don't want anyone to think that they're writing me a personal check," Van Parys said.
    She said the statements were mailed out Friday. Her office already had received three checks made out to her Monday morning before the start of the County Commission meeting. Staff from her office can stamp these checks with "Leavenworth County Treasurer's Office."
    "Every check will be accounted for," Van Parys said.
    She said people who have not yet sent their checks should make them out to "Leavenworth County."
    Van Parys, who took office last month, said the county property tax statements were sent out as a mass mailing by a company called Postal Presort. She said the company printed and mailed the tax statements for her office.
    She said the company is looking into why the statements instructed people to make the checks payable to her.
    Van Parys said she had received a sample of the tax statements before they were mailed out. The sample she received had her name listed only at the top of the form, which is where it's supposed to be located.
    Also Monday, the Times received a report that a Kansas County Treasurer's Association website that people can use to pay their property taxes online wasn't working. Van Parys said she would look into this problem.

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