Today, the Board of County Commissioners voted to assume governance of Johnson County Fire District No. 2, effective immediately, after several months of assessment and discussion regarding the governance, personnel and the ongoing financial viability of the district.
The board voted to approve a resolution to change the governance of Fire District No. 2 to the Board of County Commissioners.
Commissioners also discussed the need to establish an advisory board composed of taxpayers from Fire District No. 2.
Formal discussions about Fire District No. 2 began on March 15, 2018, when the county commission asked county staff to look into the financial future of the district and explore options from a feasibility study that was completed in July 2017.
One of the identified threats to the financial stability of the fire district is the impending loss of a contract from the city of Overland Park in 2022, totaling $770,000 annually. Also, the potential for the loss of the city of Spring Hill’s annual contract was a factor.
Earlier in the year, the fire district board voted not to formally approve county ethics guidelines for its employees.