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The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is responsible for enacting legislation, levying and appropriating taxes and setting budgets, and Johnson County residents are strongly encouraged to engage with county government and have their voices heard. Weekly BOCC meetings are open to the public and streamed online. Many of our departments and agencies have advisory boards that depend on citizen participation. Johnson County residents who are registered to vote elect the BOCC members, District Attorney and Sheriff, so the more you know, the more empowered your vote. This is a great place to get educated and start engaging.

Government News

Weekly Budget Blog

The public hearing on the proposed 2016 budget took place this week. Get the recap in this week's Budget Blog

Check your mailbox for the latest issue of JoCo Magazine

The summer 2015 issue of JoCo Magazine should start hitting mailboxes today. This latest edition features a behind-the-scenes look at Theatre in the Park, informtion about how the new proposed county budget will impact residents, and the opportunity to vote for the county's new flag design (vote here online).

An online version of the summer 2015 JoCo Magazine can be viewed here, along with past issues and Web Extra content.

BOCC approves its proposed 2016 budget

Today, the BOCC brought forth its proposed 2016 budget which includes increased funding for Johnson County libraries, parks and transit. The proposed budget includes a 3.30 mill levy increase, which for the average Johnson County home owner would raise property taxes by $8.26 a month. You can read our full news release for more information.

This week's Budget Blog is available here.

Weekly Budget Blog

This week's Budget Blog gives you several tools to get up to speed on the FY 2016 proposed budget and lets you know how you can get answers to your budget questions. Click here to read our new Budget Blog posting.

Funding secured for new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center

The County's Triple-A credit rating helped us achieve a better-than-market interest rate on the bonds issued to fund the new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. Slated for a 2017 opening, the former King Louie building will be repurposed to serve as the new home for the Johnson County Museum, and indoor theatre for The Theatre in the Park, programming space for Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) art and culture programming, and a new advance voting site. Read the full news release.

BOCC now begins to consider FY 2016 proposed budget

Today County Manager Hannes Zacharias recommended the Board of County Commissioners consider adopting a maintenance budget for 2016 along with a modest property tax increase. You can access the proposed 2016 budget online.


Parking lot improvements for Mission office

Please note that the parking lots at the Johnson County Northeast Offices (6000 Lamar, Mission) are getting a makeover this summer. This building houses one of the County’s two Motor Vehicles offices and clinics for Johnson County Mental Health and the Department of Health and Environment.

The driveways and parking lots surrounding that building will undergo a paving project during the months of June and July. Be sure to watch for parking lot barricades and directional detour signs when parking at this facility as certain lots and driveways will be closed throughout the project. We appreciate your patience and know you’ll like the improved parking lots upon completion.

Johnson County residents voice high satisfaction rates

Johnson County’s 2015 Community Survey reveals increases in overall satisfaction with quality of services, value of County taxes and effectiveness in communicating with residents. ETC Institute provided the results of the biennial survey to the Board of County Commissioners today.

You can read our news release about the survey results, or access the entire survey report.

Read our budget blog

As we approach our annual budget season, our Budget and Financial Planning department will keep you updated on the process with our Budget Blog. Click here to read this week's entry where we explain what a mill levy is and show you how to calculate it. It's a term that we're going to be talking about a lot over the next few months.

Core4 featured in Kansas City Star

Johnson County is one of four local governments that make up the Core4, and collaborate on issues that cross city, county and state boundaries. You can learn more about Core4 in this article in today's Kansas City Star.

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