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Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball announces return of record $84 million in unclaimed property

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball, whose office operates what may be called the state’s Lost and Found Department, has returned $84 million in unclaimed property – more than any State Treasurer in Kentucky history in a four-year term – it was announced on Wednesday.

 Since taking office, Ball has revamped the unclaimed property process at the Treasury...

A STABLE Kentucky: Making saving and financial independence easier for people with disabilities

Two years ago, Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball launched STABLE Kentucky, a savings and investment program for Kentuckians with disabilities at no additional cost to Kentucky taxpayers. Today, nearly 300 Kentuckians have opened a STABLE Kentucky account and the program has a market value of over $1,321,000, an increase of over $790,000 from the market value a year ago. “STABLE Kentucky accounts...

Allison Ball: Tax reform on federal level is essential to increase economic growth in Kentucky

As Kentucky State Treasurer, I am keenly aware of Kentucky’s economic pulse since my office balances the Commonwealth’s many checkbooks and is in charge of Kentucky’s funds. From this vantage point, I know that we need tax reform to increase Kentucky’s economic growth and for greater middle-class prosperity throughout the Commonwealth. While the leadership in the Commonwealth wrestles with...

Ball, Landrum unveil new and improved government transparency website to track tax dollar spending

State Treasurer Allison Ball and Finance and Administration Secretary William M. Landrum III unveiled a new and improved transparency website so that citizens can see where their tax dollars are spent. The redesigned website, called transparency.ky.gov, has improved navigation and search tools making it easier to access information quickly. The upgraded search feature functionality allows citizens...

Efforts to recoup billions in unclaimed, abandoned savings bonds from U.S. Treasury move forward

Efforts to help Kentucky recoup its share of billions of dollars in unclaimed and abandoned mature U.S. Savings Bonds is proving successfull, Kentucky State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach said in a press release from his office. Since the spring of 2015,780 bonds totaling more than $214,000 has been returned to 221 Kentucky owners. In addition, the state treasurer’s office began collection of $588,789.84...

State treasurer says ghost of Elvis spotted in vault; was ‘king’ looking for unused tickets?

Elvis in ghostly form is spotted near the door of the Kentucky Treasury vault. Was he looking for the unused tickets to a concert in Rupp Arena he never played? (Photo provided)   With Halloween approaching, Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach wants Kentuckians to know that even bean counters can get into the ‘spirit’ of the occasion. He claims to have witnessed the ghost of Elvis in...