County treasurer files for re-election
Tuesday was a special day for Janice Young.
It was the 22nd anniversary of her first day in the county treasurer's office. And so Young, a Republican, thought it appropriate she file for a second term in office on that date.
Young originally began work in the office as a clerk until she was appointed deputy treasurer in 1987. In 1998, she filled the previous treasurer's unexpired term and was elected in 2000.
Young, 54, remembers when she received the call that she'd been hired as a front-line auto title and tax clerk.
"It was the first call I got at my new house," Young said. "That was a great day. I moved into my new house, and I got a job at the county."
She still lives at that home in Leavenworth.
The filing deadline is noon June 10. A primary election, if necessary, will be conducted on Aug. 3, and the general election will be Nov. 2
Young is seeking re-election for one simple reason.
"I love what I do, and I want to serve the taxpayers of Leavenworth County," she said. "I just love my job. It can be challenging, but I enjoy what is entailed in a treasurer's position."
She praised her 17-member staff, noting that everyone who works in the treasurer's office starts on the so-called front line -- taking taxpayers' payments for auto titles and taxes.
"You've got the taxpayers yelling at you, and you have to sit there and take it," Young said. "It can be stressful. I think we have a really good staff. They work well together. Everyone's cross-trained in here."
And she said the front line is where employees really learn the business of the treasurer's office.
In this, her second campaign, Young doesn't plan to make any pie-in-the-sky promises.
"Our hands are so tied in here as to what I can do and can't do," she said. "You could go out there and promise the world, but I can't."
Young noted that many taxpayers are opting to pay for taxes and motor vehicle transactions on-line.
"Maybe in the future we'll look at trying to put credit cards in the office, but no one will waive the fee to the county except Discover," she said.
In addition to registering vehicles and collecting tax payments, Young's office handles all county deposits and helps county departments prepare annual budgets.