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Budget Blog Brain-Teaser

We are less than two weeks away from the public hearing on the proposed 2016 budget for Johnson County Government. Over the past several weeks, we’ve been getting you up to speed on some basic Budget 101 concepts, as well as keeping you updated on the process. We invite you to take this quiz to see how much you’ve learned. All of the answers are available in an earlier Budget Blog.

  • Copy and paste the quiz below into an email and fill in the blanks.
  • Send it to communications@jocogov.org by July 20, 2015 at 5 p.m.
  • We will randomly select a winner from all entries that have all questions answered correctly. The winner gets a JoCo prize pack as well as reserved seating at the July 27 budget hearing (we’ll even throw in free parking!)
  1. To calculate the assessed value of your house, multiply its appraised value by _____ %.
  2. One mill = $___ of taxes per $1,000 of assessed value.
  3. The Johnson County budget includes _____ taxing districts, each with its own mill levy.
  4. TRUE or FALSE: Olathe property owners pay taxes towards the Johnson County Library taxing district. _____________
  5. The portion of your property taxes that the county holds on to generally comprises ______  to _______% of the total amount you pay.
  6. The 2016 proposed budget includes a proposed ______ mill levy increase for transit improvements, ______ mill levy increase for Johnson County Library and a ______ mill levy increase for Johnson County Park & Recreation District.
  7. For non-Olathe residents, the impact of the proposed mill levy increase in the 2016 proposed budget on the average Johnson County home ($261,000) would be $______ more a month compared to 2015.
  8. Of the nearly $929 million in the 2016 proposed budget, the portion related to the working county general expenditure budget is only $______ million.

The public hearing on the budget takes place on Monday, July 27 at 7 p.m. in the BOCC hearing room in downtown Olathe (111 S. Cherry Street, third floor.) The public is invited to attend or watch online from jocogov.org.

Good luck!