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From the County’s southwest corner where the intermodal and Logistics Park are expected to generate 14,000 jobs and $1.4 billion, to the northeast region where excitement is building over the anticipated fall 2014 completion of IKEA Merriam, it’s a great time to do business in Johnson County. Over the last 15 years, Johnson County has provided more jobs than any other county in Kansas. Fueled by stellar regional universities and local colleges, a metro-wide focus on entrepreneurship, easy access to transportation and a strong Midwestern work ethic, Johnson County’s economy has created a net increase of 2,800 private sector employers over the past 10 years.

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Celebrating Aviation Day at New Century AirCenter and Executive Airport

Bring the family to celebrate Aviation Day at Johnson County Airport Commission's New Century AirCenter and Executive Airport from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26.

New Century AirCenter Flyer:

  • Advanced Aviation and Commemorative Air Force to sponsor an Open House at Advanced Aviation and CAF Hangar.  CAF will be offering rides in their WWII PT19 (per passenger fee & weather permitting.  Lunch will be provided for a fee in the CAF Hangar.
  • New Century Air Service to sponsor an Open House, tours, display of aircraft, and airplane rides (per passenger fee & weather permitting).

Executive Airport Flyer:

  • Air Associates of Kansas will sponsor an Open House, aircraft displays, and airplane rides (per passenger fee & weather permitting) beginning early afternoon, Redbird full motion simulator demonstration and refreshments.
  • KCAC Aviation will sponsor an Open House that includes air traffic control tower tours, aircraft displays featuring new, military, antique, civil air patrol as well as business aircraft, demonstration flights (per passenger fee & weather permitting), hot air balloons, Angel Flight and many other aviation related organizations. Demonstration flights and a free lunch will be served.
  • KCCopters, A Johnny Rowlands Company, will sponsor an Open House, helicopter flight simulator, helicopter flight demonstration, KMBC-TV's NewsChopper 9 will be on display, and rides (per passenger fee & weather permitting).  A free lunch will be served.
Joint Board of County Commissioners/Airport Commission Board Meeting - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Joint Board of County Commissioners/Johnson County Airport Commission Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room of the Johnson County Airport Commission, One New Century Parkway, New Century, Kansas.

Airport Commission Selects New Deputy Director

Melissa W. Cooper, A.A.E., has been Deputy Director for the Johnson County Airport Commission since February 17, 2014 and is responsible for all aviation activities at both Johnson County airports as well as administrative and financial functions.  She holds a master’s degree in aviation safety and a bachelor's degree in aviation technology, both from the University of Central Missouri.  In addition, Melissa is accredited with the American Association of Airport Executives and holds a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating.  Prior to coming to the Johnson County Airport Commission, she was the Assistant Airport Manager at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City, Missouri since 2006 and managed their Airport Operations.  During her tenure, the airport Received perfect FAR Part 139 Inspections for six of the seven years. Previously, she worked as a contractor with the FAA Central Region Runway Safety Program, as a System Controller for Vanguard Airlines, and a scheduler for Executive Beechcraft.

Airport Commission Selects New Executive Director

Colin McKee, A.A.E., IACE has been Executive Director for the Johnson County Airport Commission since December 1, 2013, and is the chief executive for the airports organization, reporting to the Airport Commission. Previously, he was the Deputy Director with responsibilities for all aviation activities at both Johnson County airports as well as administrative and financial functions.  He holds a master’s degree in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri, with an undergraduate degree in Aviation Technology and is accredited with the American Association of Airport Executives. Prior to coming to the Johnson County Airport Commission, he was the Airport Director of the Midwest National Air Center and Assistant Airport Manager for the Lee's Summit Municipal Airport. In addition, Colin is a native of the Johnson County area and has been an active pilot since 1989.

Billing Change for JCW Customers in 2014

In January 2014, Johnson County Wastewater completed a multi-year conversion of its billing method to a unified rate model. This means that the current wastewater bills look similar to other utility bills such as water, gas, and electric and is now in line with industry best practices. The current Johnson County Wastewater charge reflects both the costs to operate its system and to invest/reinvest in the capital improvements necessary to operate the system. 

In 2013, the capital cost was a uniform rate; all single family residences were charged the same capital amount, regardless of the impact they had on the system.  This charge appeared as Capital Charge (EDU) on the bimonthly bill and was $24.76 bimonthly. Prior to 2013, this charge appeared as a line item titled WASTEWTR CAP on the real estate tax statement. 

Under the unified rate model, both operation and capital charges are based on a fixed Service Charge to provide customer service, and a variable Volume Charge based on the volume of water used and discharged to the sanitary sewer system for treatment.

In 2014, Johnson County Wastewater implemented an overall revenue requirement (expenses) increase of 6.5 percent. The amount customers are billed varies from one customer to the next as it is based on their Average Winter Water Usage (AWWU). Those who have a greater impact on the sanitary sewer system will now pay more than those who contribute less. The following table demonstrates how the components of the wastewater bill changed from 2013 to 2014:

2013 Charges:

  • Service Charge (SC):
    • Operations portion of SC = $5.40
    • Capital portion of SC = $0.00
  • Volume Charge:
    • Operations portion of vol. charge = $2.67/1,000 gallons ($0.00267 per gal.)
    • Capital portion of vol. charge = $0.00
  • Capital Charge:
    • EDU fixed capital charge = $148  ($24.67 per bi-monthly bill)   

2014 Charges:

  • Service Charge (SC):
    • O&M portion of SC = $6.33
    • Capital portion of SC= $5.73
  • Volume Charge:
    • O&M portion of vol. charge = $3.27/1,000 gallons ($0.00327 per gal.)
    • Capital portion of vol. charge = $2.24/1,000 gallons ($0.00224 per gal.)

(Please note that Johnson County does not provide tax advice to its customers regarding the deductibility or non-deductibility of its utility charges for federal or state income tax purposes, and advises customers to consult their CPA or other tax professional regarding proper treatment of such charges.)

New- Adoption of the 2012 International Building Codes


As of May 13, 2013, Unincorporated Johnson County Building Codes has adopted and implemented the 2012 International Codes. All permit applications received as of May 13, 2013 will be subject to the 2012 Codes and any amendments to them. For additional information, please refer to the Adopted Codes below. There have been several changes, so be sure to refer to all updated forms and fee tables.

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