Programs help senior citizens with tax rebates

Seniors in Kansas City, Kansas, and Wyandotte County may apply for tax rebates on their homes and utilities, through a program launching Jan. 3 by the Unified Government.

Seniors may call 311 to make an appointment to present their paperwork and complete applications at available locations throughout the week. If needed, they may arrange for free transportation to their appointment.

Seniors are asked to plan 48 hours in advance for transportation.

Wyandotte County residents born before Jan. 1, 1967, blind or disabled prior to 2022 and own their home for an entire year or have dependent minors under the age of 18 living with them, with an annual income of $37,750 or less may be eligible for a tax refund.

The state of Kansas has changed the senior tax rebate programs this year and the UG has posted updated qualifications and documentation requirement on the website at wycokck.org/clerk.

The Homestead Safe Senior Rebate Program is for Wyandotte County residents born before Jan. 1, 1967, blind or disabled prior to 2022 and own their home for an entire year or have dependent minors under age 18 living with them, with an annual income of $37,750 or less may be eligible for a tax refund With the new Senior Veteran Rebate, a disabled veteran or spouse of a disabled veteran may qualify if the annual income is $50,000 or less.

Utility and Sales Tax Rebate Program: Seniors residing in Kansas City, Kansas, and born before Jan. 1, 1967, with an annual income of $25,000 or less the opportunity may be eligible for refunds of up to $150 for utilities (electricity, gas, water, phone).

To ensure residents fully understand the application process and document requirements, the Unified Government Clerk’s Office will be holding one-on-one appointments starting Tuesday, Jan. 3, through Friday, March 31, to help answer any questions and walk residents through their applications. Appointments will be available at the following community centers and business locations throughout Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas:

• Beatrice L. Lee Community Center, 1310 N. 10th, Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to noon.

• Armourdale Community Center, 730 Osage, Tuesdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


• Joe E. Amayo Community Center, 2810 Metropolitan,Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon.


• The Windmill KC, 840 S. 55th St, ,Kansas City, Kansas, Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Eisenhower Community Center, 2901 N. 72nd St., 9 a.m. to noon, Thursdays.


• KCK Annex Building, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays.


• City Hall, Office of the Clerk, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, no appointment needed.

For more information regarding the tax rebate programs, transportation and appointment scheduling, call 3-1-1 or visit the website at www.wycokck.org/clerk.

Day of service planned for governor’s inauguration

A day of service is planned for Gov. Laura Kelly’s inauguration.

The day of service will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 7 at Cross-Lines Community Market, 736 Shawnee Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

In Wyandotte County, Cross-Lines has organized a food and hygiene-household product drive.

Volunteers will participate by donating food, hygiene and household items to Cross-Lines Community Market. Cross-Lines provides direct assistance to at-risk families, the elderly and single individuals struggling to make ends meet.

The mission of Cross-Lines is to provide people in the Kansas City area affected by poverty with services and opportunities that encourage self-confidence, meet today’s needs and provide tools for future self-sufficiency.

The most urgently needed items have been posted at https://postimg.cc/HV3D3hWJ.

Mercy and Truth distributes food boxes, turkeys

Within an hour of its start this morning, 60 turkeys and 90 food boxes were all given away at the Mercy and Truth Medical Mission, 721 N. 31st St., Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo from Anne Foley Routh)
Santa Claus visited the Mercy and Truth Medical Mission on Tuesday morning in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo from Anne Foley Routh)
Within an hour of its start this morning, 60 turkeys and 90 food boxes were all given away at the Mercy and Truth Medical Mission, 721 N. 31st St., Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo from Anne Foley Routh)