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BOCC sets maximum budget expenditure; includes proposed 3.30 mill levy increase

Today, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners brought forward the proposed FY 2016 maximum budget totaling $928,702,770. This total is comprised of $743,167,310 in expenditures and $185,535,460 in reserves, which helps maintain the County’s AAA bond rating.

The total budget figure includes reserves, inter-fund transfers, and non-County taxing district funds, noting a figure much larger than the actual “working budget.”  The County taxing district working budget is $328,631,510 to operate the programs and services available for Johnson County residents. After today, the 2016 budgeted expenditures can be decreased, but not increased.

The County Manager’s proposed budget requires an estimated 1.622 mill levy increase over 2015’s rate to maintain service levels.

 The BOCC heard Requests for Additional Resources (RARs) over the last few weeks and approved a 2016 budget authority requiring $14,795,584 in additional funding for the following:

  • $6,314,245 (a .75 mill levy increase) for partial implementation of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD)15-year strategic master plan that would open for public use five previously acquired parks at various phases, develop approximately 30 miles of new Streamway Trails, and make improvements to existing parks.
  • $5,241,339 (a .75 mill levy increase) for partial implementation of the Johnson County Library (JCL) 20-year comprehensive master plan that includes building a new branch in Western Shawnee, future plans for a branch in south Blue Valley, relocating the Lackman branch in Lenexa, modernizing other branches, and creating a new Operations Center to increase circulation efficiency.
  • $1,495,000 (a .178 mill levy increase) for expansion of para-transit options including a new taxi voucher system, and job connector routes to some Johnson County employment centers. An additional $100,000 will come from ATA grant funding.

In total, with the RARs, the 2016 published budget includes a 3.30 mill levy increase over 2015, which would bring the overall mill levy for all County entities to 26.570. The County taxing district mill levy is expected to be 19.564 mills, still the lowest county mill levy in Kansas.

Total monthly impact on homeowners:

The impact on the average Johnson County homeowner (outside of Olathe, which has its own library system and would not be affected by the .75 mill levy increase for Johnson County Library) would be $8.26 more a month compared to 2015 County property taxes. Below is more information on the monthly impacts from a 3.30 mill levy increase.

  Non-Olathe Resident Olathe Resident
$150,000 property value $4.75/month $3.67/month
$261,000 property value (current average in Johnson County) $8.26/month


$400,000 property value $12.66/month $9.78/month

What’s next:

  • The public hearing on the 2016 proposed budget will occur at 7 p.m. Monday, July 27 in the BOCC Hearing Room located on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, in downtown Olathe.
  • The BOCC is scheduled to adopt the budget resolution during its business session on Thursday, August 13, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Hearing Room. According to state statute, the County’s new budget must be approved and filed with the County Clerk by August 25.

 Details about the 2016 proposed budget, the current FY 2015 budget, and the budget process are available at the County’s main website at www.jocogov.org.