TOPEKA - Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner is on his tour of Kansas’ 105 counties to promote many of the programs and services administered by the Treasurer’s Office. He stopped in Cherokee County as part of his 8-county leg in Southeast Kansas. Treasurer LaTurner returned over $8,500 of unclaimed property to the people of Cherokee County and over $119,000 to the people of Southeast Kansas.

“It was great to be in Cherokee County and to return over $8,500 to the people,” said LaTurner. “My commitment is to continue to work diligently to return even more.”

There is currently over $350 million in unclaimed property and the Kansas Treasure’s Office is charged with returning it to its rightful owners and heirs. Cherokee County has over $1.3 million of unclaimed property, which includes inactive savings and checking accounts, uncashed checks, stock shares and bonds, dividend checks, insurance proceeds, mineral royalties and utility deposits. Kansans may call the State Treasurer's Office at 1-800-432-0386 or log onto KansasCash.com to search for unclaimed property. There is no cost to search and claim your rightful property.

Along with assisting Kansans in their search for unclaimed property, Treasurer LaTurner and staff talked to the people of Cherokee County about how the Treasurer’s Office can help Kansans plan and save for the future. The Treasurer’s Office administers the Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Accounts, which helps Kansans save for the students in their lives. The funds are a tax advantaged way for Kansans to save for higher education.

Treasurer LaTurner and his staff helped individuals living with a disability by signing up eligible Kansans up for the brand new ABLE accounts. Prior to the Kansas ABLE Act, Kansans living with a disability were only allowed to save $2,000 before their benefits were in jeopardy. The Kansas ABLE checking accounts help continue to empower individuals with disabilities to gain financial independence and save the money they earn.

“Every Kansan should have the opportunity to experience the services of the Treasurer’s Office in their home county,” LaTurner said. “We will be back in Cherokee County, but in the meantime, we are just a phone call away.”

For more information on the Kansas State Treasurer’s Office, please visit kansasstatetreasurer.com