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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S. Cherry St., 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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Sign up for 50-plus Valentine’s Day dinner and bingo
February 8, 2017

Avoid the crowded restaurants and celebrate Valentine’s Day with an evening at the Roeland Park Community Center. Enjoy a dinner — catered especially for you — followed by 12 games of bingo. Join us 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Drive. Bingo winners will be awarded prizes ranging from gift bags to gift certificates. Singles and couples are welcome. This fun-filled Valentine’s celebration is just $15 per person. Register today by going to jcprd.com, follow the “Register for Activities” link and do a barcode search for 36936. Call 913-826-3160 for more information.

County's 2017 budget book is available online
March 15, 2017

The 2017 budget book for Johnson County is completed and available online. The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners adopted the FY 2017 budget for Johnson County on August 11, 2016.

The total county budget of $944 million is composed of $338 million in county general services expenditures. The remaining $606 million are expenditures for Wastewater, Park & Recreation, Library, Airport and various other fee- and grant-funded services as well as transfers between departments and reserves. 

The total budget reserves are $209.1 million with county general fund reserves estimated at $71.2 million, or approximately 23 percent, which helps the county maintain its Triple-A credit rating by the nation’s top three bond rating companies.

The final setting of the FY 2017 mill levy was established in October with the latest property valuations by the Department of Records and Tax Administration.

FY 2017’s levy for Johnson County Government involves the county’s three taxing districts: County, Library and Park and Recreation. It includes 19.582 mills for the County Taxing District, 3.912 mills for the Johnson County Library Taxing District and 3.101 mills for the county Park and Recreation Taxing District.

The county was able to maintain a flat mill levy despite several revenue impacts from the state and Johnson County continues to have the lowest county mill levy in Kansas. One mill equals $1 on every $1,000 of a homeowner’s assessed valuation.

Can I recycle this?
March 15, 2017

It's super bowl weekend, which means lots of parties, pizza-ordering and yes . . . trash. It can be tricky to remember what can and can't go in your recycling bin, so the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has put together a handy list of the top 10 most confusing items, published in the most recent issue of JoCo Magazine. Here are some tips that might come in handy this weekend: 

  • Pizza boxes? YES. You can remove greasy spots, cheese and other food contaminates first. If your pizza box is clean and doesn’t contain a large amount of grease, it can be recycled in your curbside bin. If it’s too greasy, simply tear off the top for recycling and trash the rest.
  • Plasticware and paper plates? NO. Contrary to popular belief, plastic silverware and paper plates are not recyclable, even when clean. They are not suitable for recycling because of the odd shape of plasticware and the low quality of plastic and paper materials. Reduce waste at your next event by using durable, reusable plates and silverware instead.
  • Red Solo cups? YES. The forgotten verse of that Toby Keith song: finish your drink, make sure it’s empty and recycle your red Solo cup.
  • K-Cups? NO. K-Cups and other single-serve coffees are growing in popularity. While K-Cups are convenient and come in many flavors, because of their size and material components, they should not be recycled. K-Cups belong in the trash.

View the full list on jocogov.org; print it out and post it on the wall near your recycling bin so everyone in your houshold can be in the know!

Spread cheer to homebound seniors in Johnson County
February 1, 2017

Participate in Johnson County Human Services' 2017 Valentine Stampede and spread joy to homebound seniors in Johnson County. The Human Services department is partnering with local schools, community groups, faith-based organizations and individuals with a goal of collecting more than 1,400 valentines. The goal is for each Meals on Wheels recipient to receive a special Valentine's Day packet containing one new Valentine's Day card (such as a Hallmark card), a handmade card by someone in the community, a postage stamp and a note explaining the packet contents. Donations of new Valentine's Day cards, Forever postage stamps and gallon 'slider' Ziplock bags (which are used to contain each packet of goodies) are needed. 

Please drop off any donations to Brandy Hodge at Johnson County's Sunset Office Building (11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe), suite 1300, by Monday, Feb. 6. Call 913-715-8800 with questions.

There's help available for filing taxes
March 15, 2017

Tax season is here, and it can be a stressful time for many residents. If you’re in need of tax filing assistance, Johnson County offers a few services.

Tax forms

The county will gladly help you print any form at any location for 15 cents per page. The Central Resource Library has a limited supply of federal paper tax forms. Visit jocolibrary.org for more information.

Tax assistance

  • AARP Tax-Aide volunteers: Get help preparing individual tax returns for middle- and low-income residents at our Central Resource Library. Make your appointment online at kstaxaide.com.
  • Johnson County’s K-State Research and Extension office is partnering with Next Step KC (formerly known as KC Cash) and El Centro to host a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site from Feb. 1 to April 15.

VITA sites provide safe, accessible locations for taxpayers to get help to prepare their state and federal income tax returns. There is no charge to have returns completed and e-filed. Residents who earned a maximum household income up to $54,000 are eligible for this service.

The county’s VITA site is in the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Dr. in Olathe. It is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Call the county extension office at 913-715-7000 or visit johnson.ksu.edu for more information.

Avoid tax season anxiety. Let Johnson County help you file your income taxes this year.

We want your input!
March 15, 2017

In case you haven't heard, the Johnson County Library (JCL) in Lenexa — currently known as "Lackman Library" and located at 15345 W 87th St Pkwy — will be closing and reopening at a larger location in the new Lenexa City Center! 

The Lackman Library was identified in JCL's 20-year comprehensive master plan as a location in need of expanded capacity. In 2015, the Board of County Commissioners adopted the county's first mill levy increase in a decade (3.3 mills total), of which .75 mills was dedicated to implementation of JCL's comprehensive master plan. The plan includes building a new location in Western Shawnee, relocating the Lackman branch in Lenexa, modernizing other facilitlies and creating a new Operations Center to increase circulation efficiency and helping fund future improvements in southern Johnson County as population increases occur.

Johnson County Library wants to hear input from residents about what features or services you want included in the new library's design. There's a public input session on Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Lackman Library so swing by if you can. If you can't make it in person, submit your feedback on JCL's website, jocolibrary.org.