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Have you seen the new house and district maps yet? If not here they are:

House Apportionment for Clay County

Senate Apportionment for Clay County

We now have six and about one-third house districts in Clay. District 8 comes south and grabs Lawson and stops just shy of Kearney. I’m not going to throw a fit about the reapportionment. The word is the whole process was a mess with many of the Democrats acting like really mature middle school students. So, the process was thrown to the judges and we ended up with this. The odds are good that any legal challenge won’t go anywhere, so we may have to just deal with it. The solution is simple; find good candidates and win.

House Districts:

District 12 (Smithville, and most of Kearney): The word is Smithville Police Chief Ken Wilson will be running for this new district.

District 15 (incl. Oakview, Oakwood Park, Oakwood, Oaks, Gladstone, and a weird dip south into North Kansas City near Briarcliff): Kevin Corlew has declared his candidacy on the Republican side.

District 16 (North of District 15, from the border of Clay/Platte County east to 35 North, almost South to 35/435 interchange, basically most of the northern part of Kansas City): This is my district. The rumor is Vic Hurlbert will be running for the House seat. Yep, that’s what I said. What was I saying about recruiting quality candidates? I wonder if Noel Shull is interested in running again? From what I remember he lives in the district. He ran against T.J. Berry last cycle. He has an excellent business background and would make a great candidate.

District 17 (SE of District 16, Randolph, Birmingham, Claycomo, Glenaire, and Part of Liberty): It appears this will be the district where Rep. Myron Neth will be running.

District 18 (South of Districts 15/16, Avondale and North Kansas City): So far I haven’t heard of anyone that is running.

District 38 (East of Districts 12/16/17, Southern part of Kearney, Excelsior Springs, Mosby, Prathersville, Missouri City, NE tip of Kansas City, and the rest of Liberty): This appears to be where Rep. T.J. Berry will be running.

Senate Districts:

District 17 (Smithville, Liberty, Kansas City (North), North Kansas City, southern border is the Missouri River, western border is Platte County): This is the district that Rep. Ryan Silvey lives in and he has already declared for a Senate seat.

District 12: (This is a monster; includes NE Clay, Ray, Clinton, Caldwell, Daviess, DeKalb, Andrew, Harrison, Gentry, Worth, Nodaway, Atchison, and Holt counties): Bob Nance has expressed interest in running for state Senate, this is where it would happen.

Lydia McEvoy contacted me through email recently stating this was coming. Clay County announced it on their website yesterday. Sounds like a good deal for Clay County citizens. Below is a copy of their release.

At Monday’s commission meeting, Clay County officials approved resolutions allowing the County to accept tax payments for municipalities within Clay County.

County Collector Lydia McEvoy announced that North Kansas City, Kearney, Birmingham and Avondale have entered into agreements with the County to have their city tax bills collected by the County Collector’s Office.

“This new process will streamline tax payments for citizens,” said McEvoy. “A single office will collect payments and provide customer service. This ‘one-stop shopping’ approach will allow our partner municipalities to redeploy staff and resources and will allow the citizens of those municipalities to utilize one central location for all local tax payments.”

Currently citizens must make separate payments to the city and county in which property is owned.

The arrangement calls for participating cities to pay a small percentage of collections as a fee to the County for collecting their taxes. However, McEvoy believes those fees will be more than recouped by participating municipalities in the form of cost savings and improved collections.

“We’ve struck the right balance with the fee structure, “said McEvoy. “Clay County will have to front significant costs to implement city collections, but those costs should lessen as the program develops. I believe it is important for Clay County to provide this service to its municipalities.”

The fees generated will be split among the County’s general fund, the Assessor’s Office and the Tax Maintenance Fund, a statutory fund that independently finances additional costs and expenses incurred in the Collector’s Office.

The County plans to add further municipalities in the coming months and years.

“We have delivered a uniform collections offer to all the municipalities in Clay County except Kansas City,” said McEvoy.

“We hope to bring on Smithville shortly and work our way towards collecting for every municipality in Clay County by next year.

Kansas City was exempted from this year’s offer because it presents unique collections issues. In April, McEvoy met with officials from Kansas City and plans to collect for them next year.

McEvoy believes the Collector’s Office can handle the increased workload without additional staff, although there will be significant demands on the software used by the office.