Treasurer’s Top 10: Jackson County

Jackson County Courthouse

Jackson County Courthouse

This week, we highlight Jackson County! Here’s a look at the Top 10 people there with unclaimed assets. Do you know anyone below?

If so, have them check out  and search their name to make a claim for their lost money or property. They can also call 800-432-0386 (toll-free) or 785-296-4165.

1. Viola P. Sharp
2. Leatrice Taylor Estate
3. Kansas Association For Native
4. Joseph W. Warner
5. Ray Baldridge
6. Floyd T. Lutz
7. Ruth Alline Hann
8. Mildred Sapp Estate
9. George N. Thomas
10. Mary S. Warner

Money Matters: Credit History

Credit HistoryTo get a glimpse of your financial future, many businesses look at your financial past. This history is contained in your credit report. Your credit report determines everything from whether you qualify for a loan and the rate you’ll pay on that loan, to renting an apartment and obtaining car insurance.

To help you better understand credit history, walks you through the process.

What Is a Credit History?
Your credit history is a financial profile. It lets lenders, landlords and employers know how you have managed money in the past and helps them decide whether or not to do business with you. This history is contained in a credit report that is kept on file by the three independent credit bureaus listed below. It may include such information as:

  • How promptly you have paid off credit cards and loans
  • How well you have handled paying other bills, such as rent and utilities
  • Your total outstanding debts
  • How much available credit you have on credit cards and home equity loans

Who Can See Your Credit Report?
Your credit report can and most likely will be reviewed by anyone planning to give you a loan or credit, such as banks and credit unions, credit card issuers, auto financing companies, and insurance companies. Your report also may be checked by landlords and potential employers. Some lenders may also use the details in your report to determine how much credit they are willing to offer you and at what rate. Anyone with a legitimate business need can access your credit report, though an employer (or prospective employer) typically requires your written consent to do so.

Beware of “Fast Fixes” For Accurate Credit Problems
If you’ve had any late payments, foreclosures, or repossessions, this information stays in your credit report for up to seven years. If you’ve filed for bankruptcy, this information can stay in your report for up to 10 years.

Some companies claim they can “fix” such problems for a fee. However, it is legally impossible to alter an accurate credit history. If you find yourself in financial trouble, contact a member agency of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), the nation’s largest national nonprofit credit counseling network, by calling 1-800-388-2227 or visiting

Credit Bureau Contact Information
Once a year, it’s a good idea to check your credit report for accuracy, and you can do so for free through the three major credit bureaus. Get your reports at or by contacting the bureaus directly:

Report Order: 1.800.685.1111
Fraud Hotline: 1.888.766.0008

Report Order: 1.888.397.3742
Fraud Hotline: 1.888.397.3742

Trans Union
Report Order: 1.877.322.8228
Fraud Hotline: 1.800.680.7289


Calling all Kansas 7th & 8th graders! Contest offering chance to win $2K for higher education

Know any Kansas 7th & 8th graders who could use $2,000 for higher education? The Learning Quest ‪#‎MakeYourMark‬ Contest is in full swing and offering the chance to win a Kansas Learning Quest 529 education savings account!

Learn more at Deadline for entries is October 9.Girl smiling

Treasurer’s Top 10: Greenwood County

This week, we highlight Greenwood County! Here’s a look at the Top 10 people there with unclaimed assets. Do you know anyone below?

If so, have them check out  and search their name to make a claim for their lost money or property. They can also call 800-432-0386 (toll-free) or 785-296-4165.

Summer sunrise on a ranch in Greenwood County, KS.

Summer sunrise on a ranch in Greenwood County, KS. Photo by Casey Berner.

1. Travis Miller
2. Hazel A. Weger
3. Marsha E. Grant
4. Vernon West Estate
5. Ardys E. Hobbs
6. Ivan Abner
7. Patricia J. Brown
8. Olive M. Grundy
9. Richard L. Sowder
10. George D. Sarkisian

Money Matters: 7 Ways to Fall Into Savings This Season

Woman walking dogBy Holly Perez, U.S. News Money

Autumn is here. With the changing season comes new expenses, including increased utility bills, school programs for the kids and upcoming holiday purchases. These costs don’t have to wreak havoc on your bank account. Here are five easy ways to fall into savings this season.

Weatherproof your home. Before the temperatures drop, consider weatherproofing your home. Using weatherstripping on windows and doors can lower heating costs, and cleaning your gutters will help drainage and prevent any future problems. You’ll get a season’s worth of savings and peace of mind by taking a few steps in the fall to get your home ready for cold weather.

Cook at home. Stop spending money on dining out with friends, because let’s face it, eating out gets expensive. Plus, as the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, why not stay in and be cozy with friends and family? Make it an outing by going to your local farmers market together. Cooking in season is not only a great way to get a taste of the fall, but it’s also a money saver since fruits and vegetables such as butternut squash, pumpkin, apples, potatoes and carrots are abundant and low priced. Cooking with a crockpot rather than a stove can also save you time and money this season. Hearty soups and stews are delicious meals in cold weather and can last for several meals.

Get out of town. Summer is over, but that doesn’t mean your best trips of the year are behind you. Fall can be the ideal time to get out of town because many airline prices decrease, temperatures cool off and most people stay home – making tourist destinations less crowded. But don’t wait too long! Most of these deals are only available for a short period of time as the holiday travel season approaches. Luggage and travel accessories typically go on sale in the fall season as well, so stock up on the deals.

Save money on automobile costs. When it comes to maintaining your vehicle in cold weather, keeping your oil clean and your tires filled can save you thousands of dollars in repair costs down the road. Fall is the perfect time to have your antifreeze checked, your windshield wiper fluid filled and new wiper blades installed. You can do most – if not all – of these things yourself for very little money and time.

Get crafty. Some of the most beautiful fall décor can be found in nature, and the best part is: It’s free! If you have a couple frames lying around, consider using them to display a leaf in orange, yellow or red. Creating a do-it-yourself festive fall wreath or centerpiece for your front door and dinner table gives your home a warm welcome at a very low cost. Now is also a great time to get a head start on those crafty holiday gifts! Sites like Pinterest have tons of easy ideas to get you inspired.

Move your workout outside. Bathing suit season may be wrapping up, but fall is also a great season to head outdoors for exercise. Why waste money on a gym membership when you can take advantage of the great outdoors? Make a commitment to go for a hike on the weekends, or sign up for a 5K race and train for it by running outside.

Save on entertainment. Find new and fun ways to spend time with those you love. Parks are a great place to go in the fall. They are usually free and offer many great family-friendly amusements. Between Oktoberfest, Halloween, pumpkin patches and other fall festivities, there are bound to be free things to do with your family in your area.

Each season has its perks, but none are quite like the fall. Follow these easy tips to save money, and experience everything the season has to offer.

Kansas Saver Tip!

Reduce home heating costsThermostat

With October just around the corner and Fall settling in, you’ll likely begin keeping your house toasty warm in the next several weeks. To minimize those pesky bills, plan ahead.  If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, install one now in every heating zone within your house. This small change could save you $150 per year!

State Treasurer Announces Unclaimed Property Success at State Fair

TOPEKA, Kan. — State Treasurer Ron Estes announced today that the state treasurer’s unclaimed property booth had another successful year at the 2015 Kansas State Fair.

“This year we helped process over 5,000 claims and re-unite more than $945,000 with respective owners,” said Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes. “The state fair continues to be one of our best outreach events every year, providing us with the opportunity to reach thousands of Kansans who may not routinely check for unclaimed property through our website. I’m very pleased with this year’s results and would like to thank everyone who took the time to stop by and visit our booth. ”State Fair Booth

Fair attendees were able to search for missing money in a computerized database at the fair’s unclaimed property booth. The single largest claim discovered was $24,450.78.

The Kansas Unclaimed Property Program has returned more than $80 million in unclaimed property since Estes took office in 2011. Unclaimed property comes from forgotten bank accounts, stocks, bonds, insurance premium overpayments, refunds, abandoned safe deposit boxes and other property. It is the treasurer’s goal to locate the rightful owners and heirs of unclaimed assets currently being held by the State of Kansas.

People who were unable to attend the fair can search for unclaimed property online at or by calling 1-800-432-0386.

Ron Estes is the 39th state treasurer for the state of Kansas and is the first state-wide elected official from the city of Wichita in 20 years. He was elected to serve as the Midwest Regional Vice President for the National Association of State Treasurers 2012-2013, and now serves on the College Savings Plans Network Executive Board and the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators Executive Board. Ron has also served as Sedgwick County Treasurer and as the treasurer for the Kansas County Treasurers’ Association. He was born in Topeka and is a fifth-generation Kansan. Ron and his wife, Susan, have three children.