Topeka Kansas State Treasurer Dennis McKinney says his office didn't need its full budget in the past fiscal year, so he's returned more than $65,000 to the state.
McKinney says he trimmed expenses partly by eliminating the equivalent of two full-time jobs and using new technology.
The treasurer's office had an operating budget of $4.2 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30. The unspent funds represented about 1.6 percent of the total.
McKinney, a Democrat, was appointed treasurer late in 2008 by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius after Republican Lynn Jenkins was elected to Congress.
McKinney is running for a full, four-year term this year. He faces Republican Ron Estes, the Sedgwick County treasurer, in the Nov. 2 general election.