Tuesday, November 12, 2019
     






Russell County Clerk

Mary K. Nuss 

russellcoclerk@ruraltel.net

785-483-4641

Fax: 785-483-5725



 






The Russell County Clerk and Election Official has many duties; though it would be impossible to list every job that every county clerk/election official does here is a bird's eye view of them below.  The County Clerk's duties are listed nearly 1,000 times in Kansas Statutes.
 

 

Clerical

  • Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners
  • Records and maintains official minutes of meetings
  • Maintains all contracts with the County
  • Maintains the County Seal(s)
  • Attests the signatures of the County Commissioners on documents
  • Assists with vacation of County roads (K.S.A. 68-102a)

Budgeting

  • Responsible for office budget(s)
  • Certifies that cash and budget are available to cover claims
  • Reviews and approves all claims for payment and issues 1099s
  • Keeps all financial reports of the County and other entities
  • Assists smaller taxing entities with budget preparation annually

Taxation

  • Calculates July and November abstracts of valuation and taxation
  • Compiles and reports annual bonded indebtedness of the County
  • Prepares the tax roll in preparation of printing tax statements
  • Sets and certifies levies annually
  • Maintains special assessments to the tax roll
  • Processes abatements/additions and escapes to the tax roll
  • Assessment of sewer costs and placement on tax roll (K.S.A. 12-618)
  • Motor Vehicle Abstract Certification annually  

  Voter Registration/Election (Chapter 25 of Kansas Statutes)

  • 101 of 105 County Clerks are also the County Election Officer (Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte have appointed County Election Officer in addition to a County Clerk)
  • Maintains accurate Voter Registration Rolls
  • Collects filing fees for local candidates
  • Verifies signatures on petitions for candidates, question initiatives and recalls
  • Recruits, appoints and trains board workers for all elections
  • Is responsible for all aspects of election:  ballots, polling sites and equipment in accordance with federal, state and local laws and regulations
  • Maintains records of elections in official abstract  

Miscellaneous

  • Sells licenses for the Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks & Tourism
  • Sells moving permits, cereal malt beverage licenses and firework permits
  • Maintains fixed asset inventory for the County
  • Assists taxpayers annually with Homestead and Food Sales Tax refunds
  • Freedom of Information Officer for the County (in most counties)
  • Maintains all legal publications for County
  • Maintains all claims against the County
  • Maintains a map of all taxing units in the County and submits it annually to PVD, Appraiser and State Assessed Utilities
  • Provides “check and balance” to motor vehicle, general ledger and real and personal property from other offices by maintaining a separate set of records
  • Administers County policies as set by the County Commission along side the Administrative/HR Office.
  • Handles bids/quotations
  • Notary Public for State of Kansas to conduct notarization
  • Administers Oaths of Office and Swears-in Sheriff's Deputies
  • Charter Resolutions filed with Secretary of State (K.S.A. 19-101b,c)
  • Inter-local Agreements filed with ROD, SOS after approved from KS AG (K.S.A. 12-2905-2905)
  • Private burial grounds-files suit against those who damage monuments and fencing at private burial grounds   not otherwise provided for by will or deed (K.S.A. 17-1305)
  • If Sheriff and Undersheriff are no longer able to conduct duties of the office, County Clerk becomes acting Sheriff  (K.S.A. 19-804a)
  • If Sheriff or Undersheriff cannot prevent a lynching, then the County Clerk assumes the duties of Sheriff (K.S.A. 19-825)
  • Vacation Restricted Access (K.S.A. 58-2613)


Homestead Tax Refund

The Homestead Refund is a rebate of a portion of the property taxes paid on a Kansas resident’s homestead.  Your refund percentage is based on your total household income.  If you own your home, the refund is a percentage of your general property tax.

If you need help filing your Homestead Tax Form, the County Clerk’s Office can assist you, FREE of charge.  Our hours of assistance are Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For additional Homestead information, visit the Kansas Department of Revenue website.

Mill Levy

The Kansas Statutes authorize local governments to levy property taxes.  In addition to cities, townships, counties, schools, and local governments; also included are special districts such as hospitals, fire, cemeteries, watershed and libraries, etc. The history of how property classifications were asset pre re-appraisal and changes to the classified rates as listed in the Property Taxation Statewide Document.

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Q. How can I change my address on my tax information?

A. Address Change Request for Tax Bill Form  


4 Easy Ways to you can change your address:


1.  Email to: russellcoclerk@ruraltel.net

2.  Mail to: Russell County Clerk's Office, PO Box 113, Russell, Ks. 67665 

3.  In Person: Russell County Clerk's Office, 401 N. Main St., Russell, Ks. 67665

4.  Fax to: Russell County Clerk's Office at 785-483-3158

And for any additional inquiries or questions call Mary Nuss at 785-483-4641.


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Post Election Audit Notice


The post-election audit will be held Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 9:00 am in the Russell County Commissioner’s room located at 401 N Main St., Russell Ks, 67665. The selection of races and precincts will be held Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 3:00 pm in the Russell County Clerk’s office, Courthouse.




2019 Election Information


Election Dates:
Primary Election: Tuesday, August 6; TBD
General Election: Tuesday, November 5

Candidate Filing Deadlines:
Primary Election:  12:00 pm., Friday, June 3
Independent Nominations:  TBD

Offices to be Elected or Retained
National Level
NONE


For all of the above openings, you must file with the Ks Secretary of State’s Office




Local Offices


Russell County

County Commissioner District- Terms not expired


Russell CIty 


Mayor

Raymond C. Mader


Councilmembers

Ward 1

Monty Morrill

Ward 2

Matthew R. Driscoll 

Charles Bean

Ward 3 

Blaine Stoppel

Ward 4 

Dustin Madden


Hospital Board Position #4

No Filings

Hospital Board Position #5

Melinda Olson

 

 

Bunker Hill Mayor

Alvin Baral

Bunker Hill Council - 5 Positions At Large

Earl Brown

Ryan Cook

Jeremy R. Nestler

Brian Pertl

Larry Philbern


 

Dorrance Mayor

Term not expired


Dorrance Council - 3 Positions At Large

Richard M. Joyce

Robert J. Lawrence

Bill Rowe

 

 

Gorham Mayor

Term not expired


Gorham Council - 3 Positions At Large

Justin Soukup

Neil Unrein

 

 

Lucas Mayor

Trent Leach


Lucas Council - 5 Positions At Large

Lacie Austin

Caleb Bryant

Jean Stramel

 


Luray Mayor

Jack L. Cochran


Luray Council - 2 Positions At Large

Tammy Cline

William Lindsay


 

Paradise Mayor

No Fillings

Paradise Council - 5 Positions At Large

No Fillings


Waldo Mayor

No Fillings

Waldo Council - 5 Positions At Large

Roger Eledge

 


All 12 Township Clerks - None



Midway Extension District 15 - 2 Positions At Large

Jamie Malone, Russell



USD 399 - 4 Positions At Large - 1 Unexpired Term

 

Melissa Chrisler, Natoma

Stephanie Dickerson, Paradise

Justin Frye, Natoma

Kristin Lyle, Natoma


 

USD 407 - 4 Positions At Large


Andrea Krug Krauss, Russell

Brett M. Mai, Russell

Deanna Myers, Russell

Jason Schoenberger, Russell

Kathy Wallert, Russell

Ronald D. Wedel, Russell


 


USD 112 -  Position 7 - District 7

(Ellsworth County Certifies to Russell County)

Michelle A. Brokes, Wilson

Chad M. Rogers, Holyrood


 

USD 299 -  4 Positions
(Lincoln County Certifies to Russell County)

Member 1, Position 1

Rhonda E. Haberer, Luray

Member 1, Position 3

Kendra Boor, Lucas

Member 2, Position 2

David Dohe, Lincoln

At-Large Position 7

Marc Lovin, Sylvan Grove


Hospital Question

Shall the following be adopted?

Shall the Board of County Commissioners of Russell County, Kansas, continue to impose a county-wide retailers’ sales tax at a rate of 0.5% for a period of five (5) years commencing October 1, 2020, and pledging the revenue received there from for the purpose of financing the provisions of health care services through the operation and maintenance of the Russell Regional Hospital?

YES

NO

 

 

USD 407 Question

Shall the following be adopted?

Shall Unified School District NO. 407, Russell County, Kansas (Russell), issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $9,900,000, to pay the costs to construct, furnish and equip hvac and electrical improvements, updates and upgrades at Russell High School, Ruppenthal Middle School, Bickerdyke Elementary School, and Simpson Elementary School, and necessary improvements appurtenant thereto; all pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 10-101 ET SEQ., K.S.A. 25-2018(F), AND K.S.A. 72- 5457?

YES

NO





16 Precinct Committeemen and Women- None




For the local offices you must file with the Russell County Clerks Office and are subject to filing fees.


Where do you VOTE??  List of polls to follow:

VOTING PLACES ARE:


UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 407

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION

The Voting places and the territory each is to serve

are as follows:


GORHAM SENIOR CENTER, GORHAM

99 Clifford St. Gorham

All of Big Creek Township, Winterset Township,

Gorham City


BUNKER HILL, RUSSELL CO FIRE #5

850 E Elm, Bunker Hill


All of Fairfield Township, Bunker Hill City, Center Township

WARD I and III, SOUTH ROOM 4-H BUILDING

702 Fairway Drive


All of Ward I and III

WARD II, PARKSIDE MANOR

325 N Grant


All of Ward II

WARD IV, NORTH ROOM 4-H BUILDING

702 Fairway Drive


All of Ward IV, Russell Township, Lincoln Township, Grant Township

WALDO SENIOR CENTER

610 Iva Ave, Waldo

That part of U-407 in 12-14 and 12-15, Paradise Township, that part of U-407 in 12-13, Waldo Township



UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 399

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION


The voting places are to be served as follows:


WALDO, SENIOR CENTER

610 Iva Ave, Waldo

That part U-399, Waldo Township, Waldo City,

that part of U-399 in Paradise Township, Paradise City



UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 112

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION


The voting place to be served is as follows:


BUNKER HILL, FIRE STATION #5

850 Elm St., Bunker Hill

All of Plymouth Township, Dorrance City



UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 299

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION


The voting places to be served are as follows:


LUCAS, FIRE STATION

217 S Main, Lucas

All of Fairview Township, Lucas City


WALDO SENIOR CENTER

610 Iva Ave, Waldo

All of Luray Township, Luray City, that part of U-299

in 11-13, Waldo Township





Voter Registration

Closes July 16th, 2019 at 5:00 pm (Primary)

Closes October 15th, 2019 at 5:00 pm (General)

Advanced Voting

Begins July 22nd, 2019 in the Clerk’s Office at 8:00 a.m.(Primary TBD) 


Begins October 21st, 2019 in the Clerk’s Office at 8:00 a.m.(General)

Election Date

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 (PrimaryTBD)


Tuesday, November 5th, 2018 (General)


Election Hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

All times are CST.


Forms for Voter Registration and Advanced Ballot 

 

Voting?

DON'T FORGET

YOUR ID!

Kansas Voter ID Law

Beginning in 2012, every voter must show photo ID when voting. A voter requesting a ballot by mail must either write his or her driver's license number on the application or send a copy of a photo ID to get a ballot.

 

VALID PHOTOGRAPHIC IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Driver's license or ID card issued by Kansas or by another state.
  • U.S. Passport
  • Student ID card from an accredited post-secondary education institution in Kansas
  • U.S. Military ID
  • Employee badge or Identification document issued by a government office
  • Concealed carry of handgun license issued by  Kansas or by another state
  • Public assistance identification card issued by a government office

A voter age 65 or older may use an expired document.

Certain individuals are exempt from the ID requirements: permanent advance voters (voters with illnesses or disabilities), overseas military voters and their spouses and dependents, and voters with religious objections who sign declarations.



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Personnel

Deputy Clerk
Teryn Yarmer

Clerks
Andrea Ruggels

AP / AR Clerk
Kristi Whitman