Douglas County Treasurer Nancy Hempen announced today that she will run for a third four-year term as treasurer.
Hempen, a rural Lawrence Republican, is the only announced candidate for the office. She filed for re-election by paying the filing fee of $362.75. The filing deadline for the office is noon June 10.
In a prepared statement handed to members of the media, Mrs. Hempen wrote that she had "worked to maintain a sensitive attitude to the concerns of taxpayers'' and had ``made every effort to accommodate their needs within the legal confines of my office." She listed her major responsibilities as managing and collecting $40 million in taxes, registering 70,000 motor vehicles and investing from $12 million to $15 million annually.
During an interview after filing for re-election, Mrs. Hempen said she had worked diligently to collect delinquent taxes for personal property and real estate.
"We've collected almost $2 million in the last three years, which helps reduce the (county's) mill levy," she said.
Mrs. Hempen, 45, said she also has worked closely with the Kansas Legislature and the state Department of Revenue to develop laws that would "more fairly tax people on motor vehicles as well as investment policies" for the county.
She said would campaign on a platform of continuing "to give good, efficient public service (and) provide employees with the most up-to-date, most adequate information on registering vehicles and tax collection." She also said she wants to look into opening a satellite treasurer's office.
Mrs. Hempen was first elected to the treasurer's job in 1984 and won re-election in 1988. Her current term won't expire until October 1993.
Mrs. Hempen represents the county on the State Property Valuation Advisory Council, is vice president of the Kansas County Treasurer's Assn., and also serves on that group's legislative committee. She also is president of the Northeast Kansas County Officials Assn. and is a member of both the National Association of County Officials and the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Elected Officials and Treasurers.