That’s right – the government may have free money for you

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Need some cash to pay off the holidays? To turn a Ronald Reagan phrase on its head, the government might actually be here to help. The state’s Unclaimed Property division is holding cash, securities and other items for more than two million people, its manager said. The average amount is about $250. “We figured you have between a 1 in 3 and one in 7 chance of finding property,” said Patrick Tate, manager of the Unclaimed Property division. “The amounts are generally small. We do get a few that are $100,000 or greater, but the vast majority are less than $500. “You’re not going to be able to quit work and do something else, but it’s your money. That’s the main point.” We looked up a few prominent Keizer citizens and organizations, and this is what we found: • John Honey, McNary High School principal: Check proceeds with a value less than $50. • Lore Christopher, mayor of Keizer: Two entries, both under $50. • Keizer Grange: Proceeds from a savings account worth more than $50. • Keizer Rotary Club: Accounts payable, worth more than $50. • Bill Post, KYKN radio host: Refund due worth less than $50. When we contacted Post, he said he knew about it, but found the hassle too time consuming. “I swear I put in for it, but...

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