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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.

Business News

Contractor Licensing educates professionals from near and far

Approximately 2300 contractors, engineers and other building professionals from across the country came to Johnson County for their continuing education. Last week was the 14th year of Johnson County's Fall Education Seminar. Johnson County is the nation’s largest producer of construction code continuing education. Please view this short video to learn more about this important resource for the building and construction industry.

Last week to register for Contractor Licensing Fall Seminar

We still have spots available for the Contractor Licensing Program 2015 Fall Education Seminar. This event takes place October 26-30 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Please click here to download the event brochure or register online.

Johnson County Contractor Licensing administers a uniform licensing program for 17 jurisdictions and produces quality construction related continuing education seminars for licensed contractors, trade practitioners, and building inspection professionals. We are proud to have been designated the International Code Council’s first Preferred Provider Program Provider, an accreditation which brings added value to Johnson County program continuing education credit.

Free cyber security conference on Oct. 6

In support of National Cyber Security Awareness month, Johnson County is honored to host its 6th Annual Cyber Security Conference and Expo in conjunction with National Cyber Security Alliance.

  • When: October 6, 2015 - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Where: Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St., Ste 200, Olathe, KS 66061
  • Registration: Cyber Conference and Expo.
  • Poster Contest: Contest Information
  • Cost: FREE (no cost to attend!)
  • Lunch Provided
  • Free Parking: Parking garage on corner of Cherry St. and Loula St.

Certificate of attendance will be available for continuing education credits.

Visit the conference website for additional details.

Residential market continues to rebound

Our Office of the County Appraiser’s study of the residential market indicates the market has continued to rebound with 90 percent of the properties increasing in value for 2015. That’s based on a review of more than 16,500 residential sales. Apartment rents and occupancy levels continue to increase.  New apartment construction reached approximately 2,000 units in 2014.

Overall, commercial real estate values improved, but the recovery is slower for office and retail values.

  • The industrial market has improved with completion of the intermodal rail and ongoing construction of storage facilities. Expectations for construction remain strong as the expansion, or phase two, of the intermodal had been publicized.
  • Office building values are increasing. Office occupancy slightly improved for both southern and northern parts of the County.
  • Retail development is returning and notably along some major thoroughfares. Restaurant and retail banks remain strong

You can read more on the Appraiser’s web site.

A new computer lab for Project SEARCH

Our Project SEARCH interns will be able to practice their work skills even more at their new computer lab thanks to UnitedHealthcare who donated seven laptop computers! Today this group of interns had a great time unpacking their computers, plugging them in and setting them up.

Johnson County Developmental Supports, along with many other partners, introduced Project SEARCH to the County last fall. JCDS staff provides job coaching to interns who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. They receive real world work experience rotating through County departments such as Human Resources, Records and Tax Administration, the County Manager’s Office and the Sunflower Café.

In 2012, UnitedHealthcare launched the Community Computers program to help create computer labs that give underserved people in the community convenient access to the Internet. To date, UnitedHealthcare has donated more than 2,000 computers in 14 states.

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.)