Morton County is an E-Community
"Our dream became a reality with the help of the E-Community loan fund!"
~Jake & Eva Knelsen, Owners
Higher Grounds Coffeehouse LLC.
Rural Opportunity Zone
Legislation passed by the Kansas Legislature in 2011 made Morton County a Rural Opportunity Zone. Two incentives in this legislation make moving to Morton County even more appealing.
Income Tax Incentive
Beginning with the 2012 tax year, individuals who return or move to Kansas from five years or more out-of-state to establish residency in Morton County can receive a tax credit against their Kansas income tax for up to five consecutive years.
Student Loan Repayment Incentive
The second incentive allows for repayment of a portion of a student loans up to a maximum of $15,000 to be paid by the county and the state of Kansas over a five-year period. The person must establish residency in Morton County.
For more information, visit the Kansas Department of Commerce website at
"Being a lifelong Kansas resident, I have never heard of Elkhart until I applied and took a job here. The reason for coming to Elkhart was due to the supportive community, small class sizes, and technology advancement the school system offers its patrons. Elkhart is a great community to raise a family. The Rural Opportunity Zone Program was an added benefit in moving to Elkhart. With the cost of higher education, the ROZ program is able to help offset my student loans, which has made the cost of living very affordable in Elkhart."
USD #218 Faculty