It is a special honor for me to serve as your state treasurer and one of my favorite parts of this job is the opportunity to reunite Kansans with their unclaimed property.

As your state treasurer I am responsible for property and financial assets that belong to Kansans but remain unclaimed for one reason or another. I am committed to returning as much of this property to its rightful owners as possible.

Unclaimed property can come in many forms. It can be inactive savings and checking accounts, uncashed checks, stock shares, mutual funds, bonds, dividend checks, insurance proceeds, mineral royalties, utility deposits and, in some cases, safe deposit box contents. Did you remember to pick up that last payroll check from your previous employer? Have you ever had a check not survive a trip through the washing machine but not sure who to contact to get a new one? Companies are required to send those funds to our unclaimed property division.

Recently, my staff made a special focus on locating property owners in Finney County. In fact, we were able to mail 111 claim packets as the first step to reconnect these Kansans with their money.

However, there are still 15,082 unclaimed properties valued at more than $1.4 million in Finney County alone being held by the State Treasurer's Office, so I would encourage everyone to take a couple of minutes to see if any of that property belongs to you or someone you know. You can check to see if you have unclaimed property by visiting our website kansascash.com or call our toll free unclaimed property line at 1-800-432-0386.

I want all Kansans to know there are no fees involved in searching for or claiming their property from our Treasurer's office.

If my office may be of assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Ad Astra Per Aspera.

DENNIS McKINNEY,

Topeka