Shawnee County to outsource printing, mailing on property tax statements

Source: Tim Hrenchir, Topeka Capital-Journal, October 3, 2016

Shawnee County will try outsourcing its printing and mailing of property tax statements. County commissioners Shelly Buhler, Bob Archer and Kevin Cook voted 3-0 Monday to authorize Treasurer Larry Mah to enter into a contract with Des Moines, Iowa-based Mail Services LLC putting the arrangement in place. … Mah told commissioners Monday that as far as he knew, the county has always worked in-house to print and mail property tax statements each December and May. The county mails out an estimated 121,000 such pieces annually, according to the contract approved Monday. Monday’s vote also authorized Mah to bypass the county’s standard practice of seeking bids for services so he could work directly with Mail Services LLC. … He stressed that the contract allows Shawnee County to cancel the arrangement at any time. …