ANOKA, Minn. - Local government sometimes takes heat for the money residents are charged in the form of taxes, assessments or fees.
Well, Anoka County is one branch trying to give some of that dough back.
Every year Anoka County writes thousands of checks to individuals and businesses, some of which are never received or cashed. Minnesota law mandates that local governments can't keep the money from unclaimed checks; After five years, that money is forwarded to the state.
To help reunite people with their unclaimed money, Anoka County has created the Claim Your Check online tool available on the county's website.
"This new tool is a great way for people to reconnect with the money they're due," said Anoka County Commissioner Matt Look, who chairs the county's Finance Committee. "Providing a self-service, online tool is a quick and convenient way to search for an unclaimed check."
The new Claim Your Check tool can help residents confirm an unclaimed check, and provide instructions about how to file an affidavit with the county to ask that a new check be issued.
Users can search for their uncashed check by name, or scan the complete list to see if their name or business name is on it.
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