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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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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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Answers to community survey FAQs now online
August 7, 2018

Each year, the county’s community satisfaction survey provides an opportunity for residents to provide feedback on county services and their overall perceptions of the county. In 2018, residents gave Johnson County a 98 percent satisfaction rating as a place to live, a 96 percent satisfaction rating as a place to raise children and an 89 percent satisfaction rating as a place to work. Survey respondents also provided more than 400 comments and questions on how the county could serve them better. 

County leadership uses these responses to better serve county residents. Staff reviewed each of the comments and grouped together similar themes to form eight frequently asked questions: 

  1. Why have Johnson County Wastewater (JCW) rates gone up and how do our rates compare to other service providers in the area?
  2. Why do my property taxes change every year?
  3. What's the difference between city government and county government?
  4. What are the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's plans regarding additional biking lanes and walking trails?
  5. Can transit provide more availability to all parts of the county, and options to commute across state lines?
  6. Who's responsible for maintaining and repairing our roads?
  7. What is Johnson County Government doing in terms of transparency and communication?
  8. How does the county support local law enforcement in responding to mental health concerns? 

These questions and their answers are now available online. 

County management contracted with Olathe-based ETC Institute to conduct the survey. The survey was mailed to a random sample of county households; approximately seven days after the surveys were mailed, residents who received a survey were contacted by phone. Of the households that received a survey, 1,429 respondents completed surveys, resulting in a 95 percent confidence level for the survey findings.

 

Paratransit now available to entire county
August 9, 2018

On Aug. 2, the Board of County Commissioners voted to remove service area restrictions on county-provided paratransit transportation, making transportation for the elderly and those with disabilities available to all county residents.The previous paratransit service area boundary, which had been in place for decades, limited paratransit service to the central portion of Johnson County, between 47th Street and 159th Street from north to south, and State Line and K7 Highway from east to west.

Read more in county's news release about this change.

Long-awaited branch introduces service in western Shawnee
August 2, 2018

The new Monticello branch of the Johnson County Library will open its doors to the public on Sunday, August 5, from 1 - 5 p.m.

The event will be low-key, according to Library Board chair Nancy Hupp. "We know how eager our residents are to get into this beautiful facility," she says, "so we are inaugurating services quickly, and people can start using their new library right away."

Activities will include tours of the new building conducted by library staff and the opportunity to meet artists who've created new works of public art to be installed at the site. The afternoon event takes place during what will be regular Sunday service hours, making Monticello the fifth library in the county open on Sundays.

 

Johnson County Motor Vehicle wins award of excellence
August 1, 2018

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners recently recognized the Department of Treasury and Financial Management – Johnson County Motor Vehicle for a recent award of excellence it received.

 
The National Association of Counties recently recognized TFM –Motor Vehicle with its 2018 Achievement Award for Information Technology, specifically for the group's self-service kiosks for vehicle registration renewals. The kiosk project team members from TFM include Jamison Elmore, Josh Schoenhofer and Meagan Sadler.

 

Pictured above with Chairman Eilert are Jamison Elmore, Josh Schoenhofer, Amy Meeker-Berg and Tom Franzen.

County bonds receive highest ratings
July 31, 2018

Johnson County’s strong financial standing remains unchanged with all three bond rating agencies affirming a triple-A bond rating for the sale of $232.79 million of general obligation (G.O.) internal improvement bonds, Series 2018A.

The sale and delivery of the Series 2018A bonds was approved Thursday, July 26, by the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) with a unanimous vote. The bonds were sold to Bank of America Merrill Lynch with a true interest rate of 3.30 percent. The county also received a reoffering premium on the bonds that will fund the remaining portion of the $251.5 million in projects.

Bond ratings help determine the interest rates at which the county can borrow money. The better the rating, the better terms it gets on its money. Of the more than 3,000 counties in the nation, fewer than 30 receive Triple-A rating from all three rating agencies.

Before Johnson County bonds are signed, sealed and delivered to potential buyers, the bond rating agencies assign bond ratings following a review of county government’s diverse tax base, financial policies, debt burden and fiscal health along with the county’s overall economic strengths and quality of life.

All three agencies viewed the county’s outlook as “stable” with “very strong” management of finances, “strong” financial policies and practices and healthy reserves relative to revenues.

Johnson County’s “strong underlying economy” and low unemployment also were cited as factors in assigning the top ratings.

The lion’s share of the bond proceeds funded 13 Johnson County Wastewater projects totaling slightly more than $241 million. It included $224.1 million for improvements and an expansion of the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility in Leawood. The project, which is now underway, will be completed in 2022.

Another $6.1 million in bonds will fund more than 2.6 miles of improvements to expand the capacity of the existing sanitary sewer interceptor system between Overland Park and Prairie Village.

Improvements to the Nelson Wastewater Treatment Facility in Mission will be funded with $2.7 million in bonds. Ten other wastewater projects will require bond proceeds ranging from $145,000 to $1.5 million.

The 2018A bond issue also provides $10.5 million to fund the county’s recent purchase of new touch-screen voting machines. About half of the 2,100 machines, featuring a voter verifiable paper trail, will be used in the primary elections on Aug. 7. All voting machines are expected to be in place for the general elections on Nov. 6.

The next Johnson County bond issue, which is scheduled to occur on Aug. 8, has already received triple-A ratings from both Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s. It involves plans to issue and sell approximately $163.9 million in lease purchase revenue bonds by the BOCC in its role as the Public Building Commission (PBC). The county did not request a rating from Fitch on its PBC bonds.

If approved by the PBC on Aug. 9, the lease purchase revenue bonds will fund construction of the new Johnson County Courthouse, now underway in downtown Olathe, and a new medical examiner facility, now in final design phase, also in Olathe.

More information is available by contacting Scott Neufeld, director of the Johnson County Department of Budget and Financial Planning at 913-715-0605.          

It's Johnson County Fair time with informational booths
July 30, 2018

Johnson County is showcasing its programs and services at booths during the Johnson County Fair in Gardner now underway through Saturday, Aug. 4, with a 2018 theme of “Have a Squealing Good Time.”

Representatives from several county departments and agencies will be staffing the Johnson County booth in the Commercial Building in the heart of the fairgrounds. Visitors are invited to try their hand at the spin-to-win wheel, offering candy and prizes for correct answers along with giveaways.

Questions include county departments and agencies, services and programs, careers and volunteering, and other general information about Johnson County, both as a community and as a local government.

Visitors can also enter drawings for special prizes at some booths.

Admission to the fairgrounds is free, as is the nightly entertainment held at the Midway stage. Admission fees to the Main Event Arena vary. Tickets may be purchased at the Main Event Arena box office.

Activities include the Night of Fun and Challenge for kids from 7 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, where they can test their mettle participating in the muttin’ bustin’ and greased pig chase.

Two and four wheel amateur flat track races run Thursday, Aug. 2, with hot laps starting at 6 p.m.

Friday’s entertainment (Aug. 3) includes the outlaw truck and tractor pull at 7 p.m.

The ever-popular demolition derby will take place, Saturday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m.

And, of course, no Johnson County Fair is complete without its annual parade, starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in downtown Gardner.

There is parking north of the fairgrounds on Madison Street and east of the fairgrounds in the school parking lot. There is also parking along the streets and in nearby parking lots.

A complete listing of events, dates and times is available at www.jocokansasfair.com.

 

 

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