County opposes mortgage measure

By Kristina Jackson

Despite the Kansas Association of Counties offering alternatives to the bill, Riley County continues to oppose Senate Bill 298, which would eliminate Kansas’ mortgage registration fee.

The KAC’s suggestions include exempting agricultural mortgages from the fee and privatizing the mortgage process, removing county government’s role.

The commission agreed at its Thursday meeting that these options were not sufficient alternatives, and the board opposes both the bill and additional proposals.

Debbie Regester, Riley County register of deeds, said exempting agricultural mortgages would not make a huge difference in Riley County’s revenue, but commissioner Dave Lewis said it could greatly affect other counties in the western part of the state.

“If you go out into farm communities, it would be devastating,” Lewis said.

Regester and the commission said the privatization proposal was also troublesome.

“We have a system set up that has served us well,” said commissioner Bob Boyd. “It’s not critical that we alter that.”



Pat Collins, director of Riley County Emergency Management, requested the commission sign a letter asking for K-State to include a repeater for their radio system during plans for construction on Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Emergency Management provides services to K-State during events, and the repeater will help to ensure consistent radio communication between emergency personnel.

Collins said if they were willing to put in a permanent repeater, he would prefer it be in the south section of the stadium — so it would cover Bramlage Coliseum, as well.

Collins said the bricks and construction of the coliseum can make radio communication difficult.

He said the repeater in that location would help with that concern.

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