| RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
STATE OF KANSAS
|Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
THORNBURGH ANNOUNCES FEE
INCREASE EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2003
Topeka, KS Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh today announced that fees
will increase. As of September 1, 2003, all fees in the secretary of states
office will increase due to action taken by the governor and legislature during
the 2003 legislative session.
In response to these necessary fee changes, Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh
said, We have spent nine months doing a comprehensive review of transactions
and analysis of operating costs. When coupled with our cost cutting measures,
I believe the new fee structure is fair.
I very much regret that the costs will affect our customers, but we
want you to understand that we continue to look for ways to cut administrative
costs so we may pass those savings to our customers.
We strive to be the least complicated, most accessible agency in state
government and are committed to customer satisfaction.
Historically, the agency has operated on a split-funding basis. Half of the
agencys revenue was generated from state general fund dollars, while the
other half was comprised of fees charged for services offered to customers.
This year, that funding was cut by 50 percent and starting in fiscal year 2005,
the secretary of states office will receive no state general fund money.
The secretary of states office is the state agency responsible for filing
corporate documents and collecting fees from business entities. All businesses
must file documentation with the agency, which allows them to conduct business
A listing of the new fee schedule is available on our website at http://www.kssos.org.