Eudora seems overdue for satellite office
The Douglas County Treasurer's Office in recent years has opened satellite offices at various locations in Lawrence. It has also unsuccessfully in the past located such an office in Baldwin City, an endeavor it is giving another attempt with a site in the Baldwin grocery store.
Satellite offices spare Douglas County residents a trip to the courthouse and the need to battle downtown Lawrence traffic. Usually located at grocery stores they allow for more efficient use of time as residents can shop and pay car registration fees or take care of other county business.
It is puzzling the treasurer's office hasn't attempted to locate a satellite in Eudora, especially in light of the several attempts to do so in Baldwin City. After all, population estimates the U.S. Census Bureau released earlier this month show Eudora to have 1,800 more residents than Baldwin City.
It's true that Eudora is closer to Lawrence than Baldwin City. But it's the in-town Lawrence driving that consumes time and gas and not the short trip on Kansas Highway 10 to the county seat.
The point isn't that the treasurer's office shouldn't locate a satellite office in Baldwin City. But that if such an office is justified there, Eudora would seem to be deserving of the same service. Why that hasn't been the case could perhaps be a question for candidates currently running for county commission.