(Topeka, KS,) -- Delinquent taxes and license plate tags have been the hot topic throughout the County. Shawnee county commissioner Vic Miller says the Shawnee county treasurer's office is allowing people with delinquent personal property taxes to buy their registration and license plates -- a violation of state law. Treasurer Larry Wilson says he's looking into it.
"I'm reviewing the whole process at this time and I have been for 6 weeks taking a review of the practice gathering information, submitted a request to the county's counselor's office to provide stautory review," says Treasurer Larry Wilson.
"He's been allowing them to file a grievance. If you have delinquent taxes...you need to pay..he's been allowing people to not pay. Grievances are getting dismissed," says Shawnee County Commissioner Vic Miller.
Miller says it's a practice that's probably been going on for years. The violation is on the agenda to be discussed at the county commission meeting Monday. Both hope to correct this issue as soon as possible.
The statute in violation is below:
Chapter 8.--AUTOMOBILES AND OTHER VEHICLES
Article 1.--GENERAL PROVISIONS
8-173. Registration of vehicles; proof of payment of personal property taxes or assessment and financial security required; verification of insurance by insurance company. (a) An application for registration of a vehicle as provided in article 1 of chapter 8 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated and amendments thereto, shall not be accepted unless the person making such application shall exhibit:
(1) A receipt showing that such person has paid all personal property taxes levied against such person for the preceding year, including taxes upon such vehicle, except that if such application is made before June 21 such receipt need show payment of only one-half the preceding year's tax; or
(2) evidence that such vehicle was assessed for taxation purposes by a state agency, or was assessed as stock in trade of a merchant or manufacturer or was exempt from taxation under the laws of this state.
(b) An application for registration of a vehicle as provided in article 1 of chapter 8 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated shall not be accepted if the records of the county treasurer show that the applicant is delinquent and owes personal property taxes levied against the applicant for any preceding year.
(c) An application for registration or renewal of registration of a motor vehicle shall not be accepted until the applicant signs a certification, provided by the director of motor vehicles, certifying that the applicant has and will maintain, during the period of registration, the required insurance, self insurance or other financial security required pursuant to K.S.A. 40-3104 and amendments thereto.
(d) An application for registration or renewal of registration of a vehicle shall not be accepted if the applicant is unable to provide proof of the insurance, self insurance or other financial security required by article 31 of chapter 40 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated. Proof of insurance shall be verified by examination of the insurance card or other documentation issued by an insurance company, a certificate of self insurance issued by the commissioner, a binder of insurance, a certificate of insurance, a motor carrier identification number issued by the state corporation commission, proof of insurance for vehicles covered under a fleet policy, a commercial policy covering more than one vehicle or a policy of insurance required by K.S.A. 40-3104, and amendments thereto and for vehicles used as part of a drivers education program, a dealership contract and a copy of a motor vehicle liability insurance policy issued to a school district or accredited nonpublic school. Examination of a photocopy or facsimile of any of these documents shall suffice for verification of registration or renewal. Proof of insurance may also be verified on-line or electronically and the commissioner of insurance may require, by duly adopted rules and regulations, any motor vehicle liability insurance company authorized to do business in this state to provide verification of insurance in that manner. Any motor vehicle liability insurance company which is providing verification of insurance on-line or electronically on the day preceding the effective date of this act may continue to do so in the same manner and shall be deemed to be in compliance with this section.
History: L. 1957, ch. 56, § 1; L. 1960, ch. 45, § 1; L. 1970, ch. 49, § 1; L. 1985, ch. 46, § 1; L. 1989, ch. 37, § 3; L. 1999, ch. 162, § 10; L. 2001, ch. 140, § 1; L. 2004, ch. 128, § 3; July 1.