Treasurer’s office is a popular attraction
A grand opening Friday at the Baldwin office of the Douglas County Treasurer not only celebrated the first month of local service, but also more than 250 transactions in a month.
"It is much better than I expected," said Douglas County Treasurer Pat Wells.
Wells, deputy treasurer Sharon Englebrecht, county commissioner Dean Neider and several other county officials were all on hand for the grand opening and ribbon cutting. Debbie Chalender, a 12-year treasurer's office employee, staffs the local office at 813 Eighth Street.
Chalender said she averages between eight and 15 customers a day all of them happy for the service that once required a trip to Lawrence. She's even had a few Lawrence customers, who just happen to work or be buying a car in Baldwin.
"I'm having people every day," said Chalender, who expected some slow days. "They are real happy we are here. I expect it to get a lot busier as the months go by."
Wells said she has received the same feedback.
"The feedback I am getting is that they are happy we are there," Wells said. "It is a convenient place to do their transactions."
With the Feb. 1 opening of the Baldwin office and also an office in south Lawrence, Wells said her office is noticing a decrease in those standing in line at the courthouse.
"I know it will take a while to catch on that we have an office in Baldwin, and they can do just about anything at that office as at the courthouse," Wells said.
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.
The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and closed from 1 to 2 p.m. for lunch. The phone number is 594-7067.