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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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JoCo in the media

This was a busy week for Johnson County in the local media. From radio to television and newspapers, the media was talking about various issues that impact our County’s residents. In case you missed any of it, here are links to some highlights:

Also this week you may have seen a TV news story about The JO offering free rides all day on April 23. Did you try out The JO this week? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience, so please send an email to cris.lowe@jocogov.org.

How would you manage the County's budget?

Take the budget simulator to help set priorities for Johnson County's 2015 budget. Use this interactive tool to learn more about our budget and have your voice heard. You can adjust spending on parks, libraries, The JO, public safety, emergency services and more. If you type in your home address you can not only see how your decisions would affect the overall budget, but also the impact made on your property tax bill.

To learn even more about the budget process, you might consider attending one of these upcoming Budget Public Forums, hosted by Commissioners and County staff:

Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Commissioner C. Edward Peterson, District One
Shawnee Mission North High School (7401 Johnson Drive, Overland Park)

Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m.
Commissioner Steven C. Klika, District Three
Harmony Middle School (10101 West 141st Street, Overland Park)

Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
Commissioner Jason Osterhaus, District Four
Shawnee Mission South High School (5800 West 107th Street, Overland Park)


Explore New Century on Saturday, April 26

How much do you know about New Century, Kansas? Located on the northeast edge of Gardner, it’s an area where thousands of people go to work every day. You’ll find a County jail, an airport, a residential center that helps offenders get reintegrated into society, a premier indoor sports facility, and much more!

Come explore New Century on Saturday, April 26. Enjoy tours, a plane ride, and see some of the County’s “big rigs”. More information is available here.

"JoCo in the Know" panel to feature election and legislation experts

The continually evolving nature of voting in Kansas will be discussed tonight, April 23, by a panel of civic and political experts including Johnson County Election Commissioner Brian Newby in the “JoCo in the Know” series of informational forums sponsored by the Johnson County League of Women Voters.

“Ask the Experts: What’s Up with Voting?” will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at Atonement Lutheran Church at 9948 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. The forum will examine recent changes in Kansas’s voter registration laws such as requiring proof of citizenship to register. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to Newby, Johnson County’s Election Commissioner since 2005, the panel will include Holly Weatherford, advocacy director of the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri; State Representative Tom Sawyer, Sedgwick County, a ranking minority member on the Kansas House Elections Committee; and State Senator Greg Smith, a member of the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee. Dave Helling, political reporter and columnist for the Kansas City Star, will serve as moderator.

The first hour will feature remarks from each panelist with remaining time devoted to questions from the audience for discussion.

Ride The JO for free on Wednesday, April 23rd

Pop quiz! Which of the following statements about The JO are true?

  1. You can take The JO into downtown Kansas City.
  2. All JO buses have free wireless internet.
  3. There’s no additional cost for your bicycle to ride The JO.
  4. You can ride The JO for free on Wednesday, April 23.
  5. All of the above!

The correct answer is e…all of the above.

If you’ve never enjoyed all of these perks provided by The JO, Wednesday is the perfect time to give it a try. For our 30 Days of JoCo event on April 23, The JO is giving free rides all day. The JO will also have a “selfie contest” on Wednesday. If you take a picture of yourself on a JO bus ride and post it on The JO Facebook page, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a prize pack!

To learn more about The JO and find a route that’s convenient for you, please click here.

JOCO Magazine out now!

By now, all Johnson County households should have received the inaugural edition of JOCO Magazine. While the publication is jam-packed with info about the County, we've got even more online in the Web Extras section of the website. If you'd like more background on the magazine, please also check out our JOCO Magazine Frequently Asked Questions.