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Bond is allowed in most criminal cases, including felonies. The amount of the bond is set by the Judge. Its purpose is to ensure the Defendant's appearance in court. The judge may also set conditions on the bond that the Defendant must comply. In setting the bond amount, the Judge considers a number of factors, including: the seriousness of the offense; the defendant's prior record; and, the likelihood that the defendant will return to court to answer to the charges.
No one can tell you in advance how many times or how long you will have to be in Court. The process takes time. The number of times you may be called to appear in court and the delays you may encounter are the result of our criminal justice process.
When subpoenaed, you must appear or risk being held in contempt of court and/or fined. Inform you employer that you have been called to testify and you will have to appear. Your employer should not discharge, punish or threaten you for attending a criminal proceeding when you have been subpoenaed. If you are experiencing difficulties with your employer regarding a court appearance, please contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator immediately.If you change your address or telephone number, immediately notify the Victim/Witness Coordinator of the Seward County Attorney’s Office at (620) 626-3225. They may need to contact you if there is a change in the date or time you are to appear.
The judge also has the authority to place the defendant on probation. Probation may include supervision by Community Corrections or Court Services. This procedure permits the court to try to fit the particular punishment to the crime and to the defendant.
It is possible that the case in which you testify will be appealed if the defendant is convicted. This is a right guaranteed to the defendant. When the case is tried in district court, the convicted defendant may appeal to Court of Appeals or the State Supreme Court. There is no trial or testimony during the appeal. The appeal is ‘on the record’ which means the appellate court will consider the transcript of the proceedings at trial.
If a defendant is ordered to pay restitution, the payments will be sent to the Clerk of the District Court. The Clerk of the District Court will then distribute the funds as they receive them.
Nonpayment of restitution alone is not a reason to revoke a defendant’s probation if the defendant is found unable to pay. The defendant must make a good faith effort to pay. A victim can obtain a civil judgment against a defendant pursuant to K.S.A. 60-4301, by obtaining a certified copy of the Journal Entry of Sentencing and the Order to Pay Restitution and filing them with the Clerk of the District Court.
You should contact the victim services of the Kansas Department of Corrections at (785) 296-8128 to obtain information and to notify them of your address, telephone number, the case number, the county where the defendant was convicted, and the defendant’s name so you may receive notifications of any parole hearings or notifications of pending release.
All juvenile offender proceedings are open to the public unless the court finds that it is in the best interest of a juvenile under the age of sixteen (16) to close the proceedings. All juvenile files are open unless the court finds that it is the best interest to close the file of a juvenile under the age of fourteen (14). On sex offense cases, information identifying victims shall not be disclosed to the public. Social history and information on the juvenile offender remains confidential.
If you received a traffic ticket from a Highway Patrol or Seward County Sheriff Deputy than yes, this is the correct office. Call (620) 626-3232 for more information.If you received a traffic ticket from a Liberal Police Officer, you would need to call Municipal Court at (620) 626-0143
For more information you can visit the www.truckingks.org website to obtain a list of county offices that are offering this service.For additional information you can contact the Commercial Motor Vehicle Office at 785.296.6541 or Trooper Turner at 785-296-7189 or Sublette office contact Karen at 620.675.2265.Any vehicle registered as church, school, or farm exempt will NOT need to register IRP.For online registration click Online DOT registration
TO REGISTER FOR A NEW, PREVIOUSLY UNTITLED VEHICLE(S):Physical proof of insurance is required, such as a card issued by an insurance company, a policy of insurance, or a 30-day binder of insurance. The title or manufacturer's statement of origin, the odometer disclosure statement from the dealership, and sales tax receipt if purchased at a Kansas dealership. If purchased outside of Kansas, bring the title and a bill of sale or sales contract. With an out-of-state title, the vehicle will need to be inspected. If you bring the manufacturer's statement of origin for either an in-state or out-of-state purchase, no inspection is required.
IF PURCHASING A VEHICLE FROM AN INDIVIDUALFrom either within Kansas or out of state, you will need a notarized bill of sale (available through tag office or Sewardcountyks.org website) that lists the following:Seller's name and address, printedBuyer's name and address, printedYear, make, and model of vehicleVehicle ID numbersPurchase price Release of lien (if lien is showing on the front of title)Date of saleand the actual paper title signed over to the new purchaser and proof of insurance ( Insurance Card or Digital )
TO REGISTER A USED AUTO, TRUCK, MOTORCYCLE, MOTORIZED BICYCLE, ELECTRIC AUTOMOBILE, OR TRAILER WITH A KANSAS TITLE of more than 2,000 pounds gross weight, you will need the proof of insurance (except on motorized bicycles); a properly signed title which shows the new owners name; current mileage, a bill of sale (if older title w/o purchase price on back of title), a sales tax receipt ( if purchased from a Kansas dealer), and a release of lien ( if lien is showing on the front of the title).
IF TRANSFERRING A TAGA car that has been sold, traded, totaled, or repossessed you will need the registration receipt from the previous vehicle (if you don't have one, a duplicate will be printed for $1 and the same name must be on the old and new title) to receive credit. If you transfer from a truck to a car, you must return the truck tag. Bring in the truck tag to swap with a new car tag (no extra cost). If you go from a car to a truck, you will use the same tag with additional stickers provided at the time of transaction. If the lien holder is holding your title, contact your lien holder for a front and back copy of the title to be faxed at the Liberal Police Department in Liberal. All tags must be transferred within 60 days of the sale and/or purchase date (after that a $1 per month on renewals and $3 per month on titles will be charged)
IF YOU MOVE FROM ANOTHER STATE YOU HAVE 90 DAYS FROM YOUR ARRIVAL DATE IN WHICH TO REGISTER YOUR CARYour vehicle will need a Kansas inspection (Inspection phone number 620.626.0141)Proof of insurance and the title (faxed out-of-state title)
RENEWING VEHICLE REGISTRATION(S):Physical proof of insurance is required, such as a card issued by insurance company, a policy of insurance, or a 30-day binder of insurance.You will be asked for a Kansas Driver's License or Kansas ID (not required)Old registration(s) or tag number(s) will be appreciated
REFUNDSTo receive a prorated refund for a tag from a vehicle that was sold but not replaced by another one, bring the license plate, current registration receipt, name of the purchaser of the vehicle, if you don't have your registration a 50 cent fee will be charged for a duplicate registration. In addition, individuals must present their Social Security number. Businesses must give their federal ID number.
HELPFUL INFORMATION:Kansas Department of RevenueDivision of Motor Vehicle Title and Registration915 SW HarrisonTopeka, KS 66626785.296.3621fax 785.296.3852
On-Line Renewal Systemwww.kswebtags.org or telephone866.457.8247
Seward County Treasurer's Office515 N Washington, Suite 102Liberal, KS 67901620.626.3215fax 620.626.3306
Motor Vehicle Inspections MVE-1Liberal Police Department325 N Washington AveLiberal, KS 67901620.626.0141
Motor Carrier Srvcs BureauDocking State Office Building915 SW Harrison Rm 150Topeka, KS 66612785.296.6541fax 785.296.6548 or Weight Station East of Liberal 620.624.4431
Driver's License Dept (Seward County DMV)615 N Kansas AveLiberal, KS 67901620.626.8727
The Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance (KERA) program provides rent, utility, and internet assistance to households experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID pandemic. Landlords and tenants apply via a joint online process. If the application is approved, the landlord or service provider receives funds directly from KERA and applies KERA funds to the applicant’s account. Approved applicants are eligible for up to 12 months of assistance.
Please visit the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance for more information.
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
The virus that causes COVID-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet, or 2 arm lengths). It spreads through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes.
These particles can be inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs and cause infection. This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Droplets can also land on surfaces and objects and be transferred by touch. A person may get COVID-19 by touching the surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. Spread from touching surfaces is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.
Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.
In general, reinfection means a person was infected (got sick) once, recovered, and then later became infected again. Based on what we know from similar viruses, some reinfections are expected.
It is currently unknown how long COVID-19 immunity lasts after the initial infection with disease.
For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more without a face mask. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.
Contact tracing has been used for decades by state and local health departments to slow or stop the spread of infectious diseases.
Contact tracing slows the spread of COVID-19 by:
Letting people know they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Helping people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 get tested.
Asking people to self-isolate if they have COVID-19 or self-quarantine if they are a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
During contact tracing, the health department will ask for your demographic information, symptom onset and improvement dates, close contacts, and medical background. Discussions with health department staff are confidential. This means that your personal and medical information will be kept private and only shared with those who may need to know, like your health care provider.
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, your name will not be shared with those you came in contact with. The health department will only notify people you were in close contact with that they might have been exposed to COVID-19.
If you received a traffic ticket from a Liberal Police Officer, you would need to call Municipal Court at (620) 626-0143
Call the Business Office at (620) 624-3743 for available dates.
No items should be attached to walls without permission of the Director.
No Fog, Smoke, Vapor/Dust/Cloud emitting machines are permitted in the Event Center Main Hall for any event including Dances and Concerts. The vapors may cause the Fire Alarm System/Sprinklers to be activated.
Smoking is prohibited in all Facilities owned, or leased by Seward County, including, but not limited to Offices, Hallways/Lobbies, Restrooms, Meeting Rooms, Grandstands, Main Hall(s), and all Community areas.
If you are building a new structure, you must have a copy of your building permit when you come in to get an address.
For more information, call the Seward County Landfill at (620) 626-3266.
Restlawn 2nd addition spaces are $350. Space size is 5' wide x 12' long. Upright monuments are allowed in this addition with specific guidelines.Garden of the Shepherds, Cross, Star and Angles.
Revenue neutral is when a taxing jurisdiction budgets the exact same amount of property tax revenue, in dollars, for the upcoming budget year as they did for the current year. For example if a taxing entity uses $1 million of property tax revenue in 2022, being revenue neutral means they plan to only use $1 million in 2023 as well.
If a taxing jurisdiction plans to use more property tax revenue in the next budget year compared to the current year, even $1 more, they would exceed revenue neutral and need to hold a public hearing.
The revenue neutral rate is the mill levy rate to generate the exact the same amount of property tax revenue as the year before, using the current tax year's total assessed valuation.
A jurisdiction does not only increase revenue to provide new services; they often need to increase property tax revenue to provide the same level of service as the year before.
While this new revenue neutral law (Senate Bill 13) is an important step for budget transparency, it does not take inflation into account. As property values are rising, so are the cost of goods and services.
To provide residents with the same (or better) level of service, it costs more. Taxing entities often "exceed revenue neutral" and use a modest increase in revenue to help pay for things like the increased cost of goods and/or services - like asphalt for streets, mowing services, and other community priorities.
If an entity were to stay revenue neutral every year, they would have to provide this year's services, with this year's prices, on last year's budget.
Property values significantly increased this past year due to the market, but your taxes would not increase by that same amount, as most entities lower the mill levy to help re-balance the "appraised value to collected property revenue" scale.
If an entity does need to increase the property revenues for the upcoming year, it should be by a modest amount compared to the increase in appraised property values.
In March 2021, the Kansas Legislature passed K.S.A. 79-2988, which requires Kansas County Clerks to send taxpayers notification of the revenue neutral rate (RNR) compared to the proposed rate for each taxing subdivisions. Taxing subdivisions are prohibited from levying an ad valorem property tax that exceeds the RNR without first holding a public hearing and passing a resolution.
Therefore, in August, an estimated tax notice will be mailed out by the County Clerk to all County property owners with information about property tax revenue and an estimated tax notice on behalf of all of their taxing subdivisions.
The notice will include:
This notice is not a bill and does not include information on special assessments that may be charged. It is solely a notice of whether your subdivisions plan to exceed the revenue neutral rate (RNR) for the upcoming budget.
Due to new law in place to promote transparency, we want to help property owners understand the notification they receive, as property owners are going to receive a fairly technical letter in the mail explaining each jurisdiction's intent (or non-intent) to exceed revenue neutral (use more property revenues than the year before).
(A) The revenue neutral rate of each taxing subdivision relevant to the taxpayer’s property.
(B) The proposed property tax revenue needed to fund the proposed budget of the taxing subdivision - if the taxing subdivision notified the county clerk of its proposed intent to exceed its revenue neutral rate.
(C) The proposed tax rate based upon the proposed budget and the current year’s total assessed valuation of the taxing subdivision - if the taxing subdivision notified the County Clerk of its proposed intent to exceed its revenue neutral rate.
(D) The tax rate and property tax of each taxing subdivision on the taxpayer’s property from the previous year’s tax statement.
(E) The appraised value and assessed value of the taxpayer’s property for the current year.
(F) The estimates of the tax for the current tax year on the taxpayer’s property based on the revenue neutral rate of each taxing subdivision and any proposed tax rates that exceed the revenue neutral rates.
(G) The difference between the estimates of tax based on the proposed tax rate and the revenue neutral rate on the taxpayer’s property described in subparagraph (F) for any taxing subdivision that has a proposed tax rate that exceeds its revenue neutral rate; and
(H) The date, time, and location of the public hearing of the taxing subdivision, if the taxing subdivision notified the county clerk of its proposed intent to exceed its revenue neutral rate.
Note: The taxpayer notification form is NOT a bill.
Our office is pleased to provide access to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Website for the citizens of Seward County. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation ( KBI) has established this website to facilitate public access to information about persons who have been convicted of certain sex, violent and drug offenses, as set forth in the Kansas Offender Registration Act ( K.S.A. 22-4901 et seq.) This website is updated every fifteen (15) minutes, and the KBI makes every effort to ensure such information is complete, accurate, and current. However, information on this website is compiled based, in part, upon information provided by the registered offender. As such, the registry may contain erroneous information.
Please allow 5 - 7 days after the accident for the processing of your accident forms request.
Visitation is permitted according to the schedule outlined below. Inmates are not allowed to receive phone calls but may receive mail. The Seward County Jail mailing address is 501 North Washington, Liberal, KS 67901. Contact the receptionist at (620) 309-2000 for visitation rules.
Click Here for Homestead InformationYou may request a paper form by leaving a message on their voice mail request line at 785.296.4937 this process will help save tax payer's monies.
Click Here to fill out a Protest FormProtest forms are available in the Treasurer's office. You can contact them with questions at (620) 626-3213 or 626-3216, or 626-3218.