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Committee of the Whole to decide direction on courthouse

On April 21, the Board of County Commissioners will make a decision on the future of the Johnson County Courthouse and a new coroner facility during a Committee of the Whole session. Last week, the committee was audience to the results of the public engagement campaign about the courthouse and coroner facilities. Now, the Board of County Commissioners will make a decision on whether to continue to maintain the current courthouse or move forward to fund and construct a new courthouse that can better support our community’s growing population and safety, security and accessibility needs.

As part of the public engagement, six open house meetings were held across the county where the residents could view displays of the current courthouse, financial impacts, study information and renderings of a new courthouse concept, watch a 10-minute video, hear from the consultant team and ask questions of local officials and county employees.

If the committee decides to move forward with a new courthouse, they must also determine which funding strategy to pursue for finance the project. Three funding options are on the table, as presented during the public engagement campaign:

  • A 1/4-cent sales tax for 10 years.
  • A 1/8-cent sales tax plus a mill levy increase for 10 years.
  • A mill levy increase for 20 years.

The Committee of the Whole meeting will take place this Thursday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room on the third floor of the Admin Building at 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe, KS 66061. The public can attend the meeting in person or watch it live online.