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Johnson County Government exists to provide hundreds of high-quality services to its more than 560,000 residents. Some County initiatives are highly-visible and impact residents' lives on a daily basis, including wastewater, stormwater, and roadway improvements along with construction or renovation of public buildings. Others County services happen behind the scenes, while plenty of what we do is highly popular, like library programs, park and recreation activities and fun events.

Resident News

710 K-10 Connector - New Bus Stop Location

Due to demand, we are adding a new stop to the 710 K-10 Connector bus schedule at Constant & Irving Hill Road effective Jan 20, 2015!  Go here for full details!

Make a Modern Gingerbread House -- Saturday, December 20

In conjunction with the holiday season and the Museum's latest exhibition What is Modernism?, join us for a fun family activity!

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Details: Season’s Greetings! Drop by to celebrate the holiday by making a modern holiday gingerbread building!

Have fun touring KidScape and writing your letter to Santa as well.

Fee: $3 per person; Members free.

A Very Fifties Christmas at the All-Electric House

 

Aluminum Christmas tree. Color wheel. Christmas cards. Atomic Christmas wreaths. Smells of gingerbread. Check, check, check!

The 1950s All-Electric house is decked out for a Rockin' Modern Christmas. Join us for tours of the house Saturday, November 29, 2014 - Saturday, January 3, 2015.

Guided tours offered Monday-Friday, every half hour from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Extended Saturday hours each week from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fee: Adults $5, seniors $4, children 12-5 are $3.  Under 5 and Museum Members are free.

 

2014 Property Tax Statements Due by December 22, 2014

The Johnson County Treasury and Financial Management department has begun mailing 198,623 real estate and 23,582 personal property tax statements to Johnson County taxpayers. The first half real estate and personal property taxes are due on or before Monday, December 22, 2014, and the second half taxes are due on or before Monday, May 11, 2015. Taxpayers have several convenient options to pay their taxes, including paying online or by mail. To see all of our payment options, please visit our Frequent Questions section of our website, within the Real Estate and Personal Property Tax menu.

What is Modernism? exhibition

The newest exhibit at the Johnson County Museum -- Now on view

image of modern chairLook around you, Johnson County is a modern community.  You most likely drive past the modern homes and buildings in our communities every day without giving them a second thought. How did these structures become so prevalent in our cities?

Modernism developed in Europe in the aftermath of World War I as a shell-shocked population searched for a new way of life.  Innovative European and American designers sought to reshape society through modern architecture and design in the 1920s and 1930s. These ground-breaking concepts helped set the stage for a modern building boom in America.

By 1945, Americans  brimmed with optimism and embraced progress and innovation. Advanced technology and revolutionary building techniques allowed modern architecture to flourish from coast to coast.  Johnson County was no exception. The mid-century modern homes and buildings in our area represent a time when Americans believed the future was bright and possibilities were endless.

Exhibit open regular museum hours: 10am - 4:30pm.  Admission is free.

 
 
Museum Blog -- Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in Images

worker at Sunflower Army Ammunition PlantCollection Manager Russ Czaplewski recounts completeion of a major cataloguing project of images documenting the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.

Reduced schedules for Upcoming Holidays

There will be reduced bus schedules throughout November and December.  Please check here for reduced bus schedules during the upcoming holidays!

Union Station Deviation - KCMO

Due to street car construction, the stop at Union Station will be inaccessible until further notice.  Please use the stop at Grand or Crown Center - go here for full detaiils.  This affects JO routes 661, 670, 672, 673 & 678.

Johnson County 4-H now enrolling new members

Did you know that 4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates confident kids who tackle the issues that matter most in their communities? In Johnson County, 4-H is thriving.

With nearly 700 members, the Johnson County program, affiliated with K-State Research and Extension in Olathe, continues to grow and expand to reach new audiences.

National 4-H Week is Oct. 5 – 11, and the Johnson County program is currently enrolling for the new 4-H year. Early fall is the best time for new families to join 4-H. Families who join in the fall get the opportunity to experience the start of all new 4-H activities, such as electing club officers and selecting committee assignments.

4-H offers youth a one of-a-kind opportunity to gain lifelong skills through hands-on learning. The program is built on a foundation of three core areas: healthy living; citizenship; and science, technology, engineering and math. 4-H’ers gain skills in each of these areas throughout their 4-H experience through community service, projects and club involvement.

Why join 4-H?
Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:

  • Nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities,
  • Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors, and
  • Two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in the out-of-school time.

Who can join?
Full 4-H membership starts at age seven and concludes at 18. An introduction to 4-H is available for youth ages five and six through Cloverbuds. There are 19 different clubs throughout Johnson County. There is no membership fee to join. The youth program is strongly family orientated. Parents and siblings are welcome to attend all 4-H events.

Learning life skills by doing
Valuable lifelong skills such as communication, leadership and citizenship are gained through youth projects. The Johnson County 4-H program has many different avenues for youth to become engaged in their own individual passion.

Each member chooses their projects at the beginning of the new 4-H year. With over 30 projects to choose from, and even a self-determined category, the Johnson County 4-H program can accommodate a wide variety of interests. A few of the most popular projects include: rocketry, foods and nutrition, dog care and training, clothing and textiles, and photography.

In the self-determined category, youth are able to create a project by developing the what, why, when, where, who and how into an action plan designed by and for the member. A self-determined project might be a new or different project, or an expansion of a traditional project. A few of the self-determined projects which have been done in the county in the past include:

  • bicycling,
  • Legos,
  • bee keeping,
  • entrepreneurship, and
  • sailing. 

4-H instills a strong work ethic by offering the opportunity to compete in a positive and supportive environment, interact with teen and adult mentors, and build lifelong relationships. 4-H also continues to give back to its members after membership ends. Alumni have the opportunity to apply for college scholarships to strengthen their lifelong learning habit.

Johnson County 4-H youth development has many different avenues for youth to become engaged in their own individual passion. The mission is to grow youth members into tomorrow's leaders.

The Johnson County 4-H program is the perfect choice for any youth looking to learn through doing. For more information about joining 4-H contact Tara Markley, county Extension agent, at 913-715-7000 or visit www.johnson.ksu.edu/4H.

Proposed Management Consolidation

Johnson County Transit and the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority are having discussions on a proposed management consolidation plan.  Questions and answers can be viewed here.