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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

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.

BOCC approves new public art for Justice Annex

As part of Johnson County's 1% Public Art initiative, Kansas City artist Beth Nybeck's proposed artwork "Tapestry" was selected for the Justice Annex building courtyard at 588 Santa Fe in Olathe. "Tapestry" is a set of five large, plant-like aluminum figures, one as large as 11-feet tall. Each piece will feature letters, sentences and phrases that tell stories associated with the people who work at, and frequent, the Justice Annex buidling. "Tapestry" will be commissioned for $75,000. The sculpture is schedule for completion in November 2015.

Johnson County Government's 1% Public Art program, established in 2006 by the Board of County Commissioners, is funded through a dedicated stream of revenue generated by County capital building projects. This Program commits 1% of the building cost of newly constructed County buildings to public art. Projects range in size from $75,000 to $1,000,000; however, the County maintains a trust fund that can be spent on smaller projects of the County’s choosing.

Nybeck is an internationally-acclaimed artist who primarily creates large, metal sculptures. Her work can be seen in airports, office buildings, sports complexes and other high-profile places around the country. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Nybeck works out of a studio in the West Bottoms.

Employees recognized for public service at special event

More than 450 active employees and 64 retirees will be honored today at Johnson County Government's Annual Employee Appreciation Reception. The event recognizes employees for years of service from five years to 40 years. This year's group of active employees represents 5,990 years of public service to Johnson County, while the retirees represent 1,340 years of service. Eleven employees honored at this year's event have served the County for more than 35 years.

The reception starts at 3 p.m. at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park, and will feature remarks by Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert, County Manager Hannes Zacharias and Bureau Chief Joe Waters. Honorees will receive certificates and pins and other recognition items based on years of service.

Johnson County Government has more than 3,800 employees who serve in a wide range of roles for the nearly 40 departments. The dedication and spirit of service exemplified by the County's employees helps make Johnson County such a great place to live and raise a family, and contributes to residents receiving such top-notch county government services.

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