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October 8, 1999


The results of an investigation into a complaint about out-of-state tags on a car owned by Lawrence public schools Supt. Kathleen Williams have been sent to the Douglas County District Attorney's office.

The complaint, received by the Douglas County Treasurer's office from Lawrence insurance agent Mark Chaney, concerns the Illinois license plates on Williams' car. The car is registered in her husband's name; he currently lives in Chicago and is looking for employment in the Lawrence area.

Chaney said he doesn't think it's right that a superintendent whose $122,000 salary is paid by taxpayers doesn't pay vehicle taxes in Kansas. A portion of personal property taxes goes to local school districts.

State law requires Kansas residents to have in-state license tags on their vehicles within 90 days of assuming Kansas residency.

Williams, who was hired by the district in July 1998, said she had been planning to sell her car and that it was returned to Illinois in August.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department forwarded the report to the District Attorney's office earlier this week, Sheriff's Capt. Bill Shepherd said.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is

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