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:
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|
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.