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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

2016 State of the County delivered

More than 700 people gathered at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park today to hear Chairman Ed Eilert deliver the State of the County Address today. “As I begin my sixth year as County Chairman, I have never been more optimistic about our future,” said Chairman Ed Eilert, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. “We are fortunate to live in one of the nation’s best places to raise a family, obtain an education, earn a living and build a business.”

You can read more about the Chairman's address in this news release or watch it on our YouTube channel. We also live tweeted the event @jocogov.org using #JoCoSOTC and posted photos on our Facebook page.

County announces new electronic bidding system

Early next year vendors who do business with Johnson County Government will use a new electronic bidding system called Ionwave. For the first time, potential vendors will be able to submit bids and proposals to our Purchasing Department electronically. This new solution will replace Onvia DemandStar and Public Purchase.

Beginning Jan. 4, 2016, vendors can go to jocogov.ionwave.net  to register on the new system. Vendors must register (free of charge) and indicate areas of interest to receive and respond to solicitations electronically.  Further instructions will be provided when the system is available.  Questions can be directed to Robin Lynes, Purchasing Manager, at 913-715-0596 or via email at robin.lynes@jocogov.org.

2015 United Way campaign kicks off today

Johnson County Government is a major supporter of the United Way campaign. Today Chairman Ed Eilert helped kick off the 2015 campaign, whose theme this year is “Spirit of Caring.” This year’s goal for Johnson County Government employee contributions is $125,000. The campaign runs through Oct. 17.

Last year Johnson County Government employees donated more than $117,000, and pledged more per employee than any other government entity in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The United Way network supports 320 human service programs in 170 agencies that keep our community healthy and strong. Donations to the United Way Campaign provide an important and significant portion of the funds necessary to carry out these worthy services.

BOCC adopts 2016 budget

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has adopted the FY 2016 budget for Johnson County. It includes the first mill levy increase in a decade. The news release is available here:

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.


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