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Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Adopt FY 2017 Budget

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has adopted the FY 2017 budget for Johnson County.

The total county budget of $944 million is comprised of $338 million in county general  services expenditures. The remaining $606 million are expenditures for Wastewater, Park & Recreation, Library, Airport, and various other fee and grant-funded services as well as transfers between departments and reserves. 

The total budget reserves are $209.1 million with county general fund reserves estimated at $71.2 million, or approximately 23 percent which helps the county maintain its Triple-A credit ratings by the nation’s top three bond rating companies.

“Johnson County has a vibrant economy which continues to provide the revenue growth needed to meet the challenges we face as a result of cuts from the state that have significantly impacted our budget in recent years,” said Ed Eilert, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.

The FY 2017’s levy for Johnson County Government involves the county’s three taxing districts: County, Library, and Park and Recreation District. It includes 19.582 mills for the County Taxing District, 3.912 mills for the Johnson County Library Taxing District, and 3.101 mills for the Johnson County Park and Recreation Taxing District.

The combined mill levies of these three taxing districts are the lowest among the 105 counties in Kansas. One mill equals $1 on every $1,000 of a homeowner’s assessed valuation.

“We were able to maintain a flat mill levy, despite several revenue impacts from the state and we continue to have the lowest county mill levy in Kansas,” said Hannes Zacharias, County Manager. “We are concerned about future budgets with the property tax lid now in place in 2017.”

The Capital Improvement Program totals more than $ 128.6 million, including:

  • $57.0 million for Wastewater’s capital projects;
  • $14.1 million for the County Assistance Road System (CARS) program by Public Works;
  • $13.8 million for the Stormwater Management Program ;
  • $13.1 million for voting machine replacement for the Elections Office;
  • $9.2 million for Park and Recreation District’s Capital Improvement Plan;
  • $3.1 million for bus replacement by Johnson County Transit;
  • $3.0 million for the Comprehensive Library Master Plan projects for Johnson County Library; and,
  • $2.0 million for the bridge, culvert, road program by Public Works.

The final setting of the FY 2017 mill levy, however, will be established by the end of October with the latest property valuations by the Johnson County Department of Records and Tax Administration.

The mill levy calculations are only for Johnson County Government and do not include other taxing entities, such as the state of Kansas, cities, or school districts.

Ad valorem taxes are expected to generate approximately $234.3 million, or approximately 32.1 percent of the county’s revenue. One mill of tax is estimated to generate $9.04 million for the county in 2017.

By state law, the Board must adopt the new budget each year by August 25.  Johnson County’s fiscal year begins on January 1. Details about the FY 2017 Budget and budget process are available at http://jocogov.org/dept/budget-and-financial-planning/home.

About Johnson County, Kansas

Located in the southwestern quadrant of the Kansas City Metropolitan Region, Johnson County, Kansas is a community of choice with a current population of more than 575,000, making it the most populated of the 105 counties in Kansas, but traditionally having the lowest mill levy in the state. For more information visit the county’s website at www.jocogov.org.

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