Mar 23, 2020 4:09 PM

UPDATE: U.S. 81 mill and overlay begins Monday in Cloud County

Posted Mar 23, 2020 4:09 PM

UPDATE: This project was rescheduled to begin today, according to KDOT.

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CLOUD COUNTY -- On Monday, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin a mill and overlay project on U.S. Highway 81, beginning at the Cloud/Ottawa county line and continuing north for approximately three miles.

Traffic will be reduced to one 12-foot lane with a reduced speed through the work zone. Drivers should expect minor delays, not exceeding five minutes.

APAC Inc. of Hutchinson is the prime contractor and has scheduled this project to be completed in May 2020, weather permitting, at a cost of $735,000.

KDOT urges all motorists to be alert and obey the warning signs when approach and driving through a highway work zone.  To stay aware of all road construction projects across Kansas go to www.kandrive.org or call 5-1-1.

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Mar 23, 2020 4:09 PM
UPDATE: Free tax help canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak

UPDATE March 16: The Salina Area United Way has closed its VITA tax prep office due to COVID-19 concerns.

Free tax preparation assistance will help you keep more of your hard-earned cash.

The Salina Area United Way (SAUW) is offering free tax assistance services to individuals and families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is an IRS-sponsored program. VITA is for moderate and low-income individuals and families, generally with an income of $56,000 and below. It’s providing income tax preparation assistance by trained and certified volunteers. 

There are no hidden fees with the VITA Program, which has played an important role in Salina for over 19 years. Free means free. 

“Last year, more than 1,600 had tax assistance through the program. Volunteers will provide the same high level of assistance again this year,” said Brenda Gutierrez, SAUW program director.

In 2018, E-filed total refunds were $1,505,462 for the area.

“Tell your friends to take advantage of this valuable program,” Gutierrez added.

The program is at 145B South Santa Fe Avenue. Tax assistance is available from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays; 1 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays through April 16. Services are on a first-come-first-served basis by IRS certified volunteers. There is plenty of parking in the City of Salina lots.

Taxpayers must bring a government-issued photo ID, Social Security card, or Social Security number verification letter for all persons named on the tax return, as well as each of their birthdates. They must also bring all income statements including W-2 and 1099 forms for all incomes. Those with health insurance purchased on the marketplace should bring 1095 forms (Affordable Health Care Statements). Taxpayers hoping to claim a Kansas Homestead refund should bring their property tax bills. Those claiming child-care tax credits should bring the total they paid as well as the provider’s tax ID number. Those who wish to receive their refund via direct deposit, or pay their taxes via bank draft should bring a blank check or bank card indicating the account’s routing number and account number. Finally, copies of last year’s state and federal returns are helpful to speed the process of completing this year’s form.