Treasurer’s office opens in Baldwin
The Baldwin office of the Douglas County Treasurer opened Tuesday, and had already served two customers by late morning its first day of business.
The office will save many residents of Baldwin and southern Douglas County a trip to Lawrence.
Nearly all of the business that can be taken care of in Lawrence can now be handled from the office at 813 High Street one building south of the police department.
"The benefit is for the citizens," said deputy treasurer Sharon Englebrecht. "They will be able to stay in Baldwin and not travel to Lawrence. It is much more convenient for southern Douglas County."
The Baldwin office is staffed by Debbie Chalender, a 12-year employee of the treasurer's office. Chalender has lived in Baldwin with her family since late summer, and knows the new office will be a time-saver for many.
"I've had two customers already," Chalender said. "I think the customers will like it."
The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Chalender said she expects many customers will use their lunch hour to conduct county business, so she plans to take her lunch and close the office from 1 to 2 p.m. each day.
Almost everything that can be done in Lawrence can be done in Baldwin. Customers can buy and renew tags for vehicles, purchase 30-day tags and specialty tags, get handicap placards and pay real estate and personal property taxes.
Chalender said she cannot write refund checks. However, refund checks will be processed and mailed from Lawrence the same day of business. Personalized license plates can be ordered at the Baldwin office, but must be picked up in Lawrence.
A treasurer office also opened in a strip mall in south Lawrence Tuesday, at 2708 W. 27th.
The treasurer's office had hoped to be in the new offices by October 1999, but delivery of new printers caused the delay.
The phone number to the Baldwin office is 594-7067.