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Did you know?

Did you know about some of the Johnson County Government programs your tax dollars support? In 2015, kids enrolled in Johnson County Park & Recreation District summer camps spent a total of more than 420,000 hours in touch with nature and actively engaged in healthy activities at JCPRD parks and facilities. Over the last five years the County Assistance Road System Program (CARS) has allocated approximately $68 million in funding to cities in Johnson County to support arterial road... - published on: 08/06/2015 - 11:56am

Getting down to the nitty gritty

Johnson County’s total proposed budget is easier to understand when broken into sections.  Of the nearly $929 million budget, the portion related to the working county general expenditure budget is only $328 million. The remainder is tied to other local taxes, specific fee funds such as wastewater, or taxing authorities such as parks and libraries, and also includes reserves. To understand how you can end up at one-third of the total budget when you boil things down to county tax... - published on: 07/08/2015 - 2:09pm

Media coverage on FY 2016 proposed budget

Last week the BOCC brought forward the proposed FY 2016 maximum budget totaling $928,702,770. Our last Budget Blog gave a lot more detail on the proposed budget. We wanted to share some of the media articles we’ve seen since last week on the budget. June 27 editorial in The Kansas City Star http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article25624660.html June 29 article on Prairie Village Post web site http://pvpost.com/2015/06/29/county-commissioners-vote-5-2-in-favor-of-budget-... - published on: 07/01/2015 - 2:12pm

Increased funding approved for Johnson County Parks, Libraries and Transit System

Today, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners brought forward the proposed FY 2016 maximum budget totaling $928,702,770. After today, the 2016 budgeted expenditures can be decreased, but not increased. You can read a lot of the detail on this budget in our news release. The BOCC heard Requests for Additional Resources (RARs) over that last few weeks and approved a 2016 budget authority requiring $14,795,584 in additional funding. Transit The BOCC approved budget authority for... - published on: 06/25/2015 - 3:42pm

Get up to speed on the FY 2016 proposed budget

As we proceed down the path of the BOCC approving the FY 2016 budget later this summer, you have plenty of ways to learn about where your Johnson County property tax dollars go, and we’d like to hear your questions along the way. If you visit the Proposed FY 2016 Budget page on our web site, you’ll find everything you need to get up to speed on the County Manager’s 2016 proposed budget. It’s a lot of information…so here are a few suggestions on some key documents: The Budget Message is... - published on: 06/17/2015 - 10:45am

How does a 1.622 mill levy increase affect you?

Last week, we talked about understanding your property tax bill and how the County’s portion generally comprises 15-17% of the total.  We outlined how some tax authorities are in effect across the entire County while others cover smaller areas, such as school districts and cities.  The bottom line is that your location determines which taxing authorities show up on your tax bill, which is why total tax rates vary across the County as the various cities, school districts, and other... - published on: 06/09/2015 - 4:04pm

Understanding the layers of your property tax bill

Picture a map of Johnson County from a bird’s eye view. Then imagine several other maps overlaying the County map. Layer on the maps of the 20 cities, then the maps of all six school districts. Then add on maps that define areas you may be less familiar with, such as recreation, fire and cemetery districts. Now, picture taking a pin and sticking it into the exact location of a piece of real estate (a house or a commercial building) you own. Each map layer that your pin sticks through is a... - published on: 06/02/2015 - 8:20am

Budget Blog week of May 18, 2015

In early June, County Manager Hannes Zacharias will present his proposed 2016 budget to the Board of County Commissioners. One of the biggest topics of discussion every year during the budget process centers around the County’s mill levy rate.  Whether it goes up, down, or stays the same has a huge impact on not just the budget process, but County operations as well.  Correspondingly, where to set the mill levy is one of the biggest decisions the Board of County Commissioners makes in... - published on: 05/21/2015 - 9:49am