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STATE TO DELAY OPENING OF COUNTY SATELLITE SITES

September 8, 1999

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The opening of two Douglas County treasurer's satellite offices is delayed by a state equipment upgrade.

The opening of two new satellite offices for the Douglas County treasurer will be delayed because the Kansas Department of Revenue is ordering new computer printers.

"We're not going to be able to hit the October 1 deadline I was anticipating," said Pat Wells, county treasurer.

Douglas County commissioners will be asked to approve a $5,500 carpet purchase for the south Lawrence satellite, 2708 W. 27th, during their meeting at 6:35 p.m. tonight at the county courthouse, 11th and Mass.

Getting the carpet in time won't be a problem.

But Wells said she is being told by state revenue officials that she can't have her seven printers until after Dec. 15.

"It was very disappointing to me," Well said of the news she heard Thursday.

Wells is trying to improve service to taxpayers by opening satellite locations in Baldwin and south Lawrence similar to one at Dillon's on Sixth street.

But the Department of Revenue is replacing the 10-year-old printers it provides to counties for processing motor vehicle registrations.

The Department of Revenue let bids for the laser printers last week and won't have proposals until month's end. Then it will take more time to order and program the new machines.

Wells said she is not blaming the state for the delay.

"They have to follow their procedures and steps just like the county has to follow procedures and steps," she said.

Revenue department spokeswoman Angela Goering, said her department supports Wells' efforts and will try to beat the projected Dec. 15 delivery.

"Douglas County is a priority county for us," she said. "We want to help them get their satellite offices open so they can serve their customers."

Wells said the county could open the satellite offices in October, if Douglas County commissioners are willing to spend an extra $10,000 to hook up older printers at the satellites until the new printers arrive.

-- Kendrick Blackwood's phone message number is 832-7221. His e-mail address is kblackwood@ljworld.com.

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