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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

Johnson County Emergency Management hosting FEMA Workshop

What: FEMA Ready Business® Workshop

When: Thursday, May 26, 2016; 8:30 am ˗ 4:30 pm (CT)

Where: Johnson County Administration Building; 111 Cherry St., Olathe, Kansas, 66061

How: Register at https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1832585 ;or call 850-385-7233

2015 Second Half Property Tax Statements Due May 10, 2016

The Johnson County Treasury and Financial Management department has mailed 52,176 real estate and 2,371 personal property tax statements to Johnson County taxpayers. The second half real estate and personal property taxes are due on or before Tuesday, May 10, 2016.  

Taxpayers have several convenient options to pay their taxes:

  • Online - Through our website, www.jocogov.org, tax payments may be submitted electronically using our eCheck option for only $1 per transaction, or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) for a 2.4% fee per transaction.
  • By Mail – Taxpayers can mail a check along with the payment stub to PO Box 2902, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201.
  • In Person - Taxpayers can make a payment at our office location, 111 S. Cherry Street, Suite 1500 in Olathe. Forms of payment accepted at our office include cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card (payment by credit/debit card includes an additional 2.4% service fee).

There are many other services on our website that may be helpful this tax season. Taxpayers may view an electronic version of their tax statement and print off tax receipts once their payment has been processed. They may also find important Tax Forms and get many questions answered through our Frequent Questions page.

Threat of severe weather today

The National Weather Service has predicted two rounds of storms will impact the KC metro today including Johnson County. Our Emergency Management team is keeping an eye on the sky today, and you can take several steps to make sure you are ready for severe weather.

 

Share your vision for Monticello Library in Shawnee

Before the blueprints and the concrete, the Johnson County Library wants to know: What do you want at the Monticello Library that's coming to western Shawnee?

Here's a homework assignment. Visit the Central Resource Libraryand have a look around at the renovations. We implemented a lot of ideas from patrons. Should we borrow any of those for the new Monticello Library?

Share your vision online or in-person at the public input session Tuesday, April 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Shawnee Library (6518 Vista Ave, Shawnee, KS 66218).

Emergency Management & Communications names its new director

Ellen Wernicke has been named Director of Johnson County Emergency Management & Communications. Wernicke has served as interim director since the previous director, Walt Way, retired in October 2015. She joined what was then the Johnson County Emergency Communications department in 1998 and except for a brief period in 2000 has been with the department for 18 years. You can learn more about her in our news release.

It's National Court Reporting and Captioning Week

Do you ever think about the people who record every word spoken during a trial or help the deaf and hard of hearing population watch television? This is the week to celebrate court reporters and captioners. The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners and Governor Brownback have both signed proclamations recognizing this week as National Court Reporting and Captioning Week.

Kansas has experienced a shortage of official court reporters with more than a dozen positions open at this time throughout the state.  According to an industry study released in August 2014, approximately 5,500 court reporters will retire over the next five years, creating even more demand for this profession. Johnson County District Court Reporter Cindy Issacsen will talk about this career on Wednesday, February 17 on the KSHB program KC Live. Plus, in this video you can see Issacsen show off her personal collection of historic steno machines.

Update on county's digital imaging project

The Appraiser's Office has a progress update on the county's digital imaging project. As you'll see when you click here, work is wrapping up in the very northeast corner of the county (Roeland Park, Fairway, parts of Mission), and crews are heading west into Merriam and Shawnee.

The county has contracted with Tyler Technologies, Inc. to take high-resolution street level photos of the exterior of every property in the county. The county uses these photos to create land record information used in the appraisal process. Kansas law requires counties to update property information every six years in an effort to maintain accurate data on every parcel in the county.

More information including an FAQ on this project are available here.

Twelve Most Wanted Foods - Food Drive

 

During the holidays we receive several large donations from community groups such as churches, civic organizations, schools, businesses, and other community partners. Most of the food that we have received over the holidays is gone, which is great news! We have helped hundreds of families through the generosity of our neighbors here in Johnson County. However, we need your help again. Qualifying residents can receive food pantry assistance every thirty days from one of our six Multi-Service Centers. Our shelves need stocked year round. Our Center Managers have compiled a list of the twelve most wanted foods in our Multi-Service Centers. See flyer here

Twelve Most Wanted Foods - 

  1. Peanut Butter
  2. Macaroni & Cheese
  3. Helper Meals (Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, etc)
  4. Cereal
  5. Canned Tuna or Chicken
  6. Soup
  7. Canned Fruit
  8. Canned Veggies
  9. Canned Pasta (spaghetti rings, ravioli) 
  10. Rice
  11. Beans
  12. Ketchup 

Please consider hosting a drive to assist local residents in need. Students needing service hours can receive five hours of service if they collect 50 or more food items. For food safety, we cannot accept expired items. Donations can be dropped off at one of our seven offices. Please call to make arrangements for your donation drop-off. You can contact Brandy Hodge, Community Relations Manager, 913.715.8866 or Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org for more information. 

2016 NWS Storm Spotter Training

Meteorologist Andy Bailey from the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, MO will lead this training seminar designed to enhance your ability to correctly recognize, identify, and relay information about severe weather. In fact experience shows the counties who most aggressively train spotters and share real time reports with the NWS receive the highest quality warnings for their area. Real time reports are that critical to our warning forecasters during severe weather events.

The seminar will be engaging and interactive with numerous opportunities for questions! 

This event is free and open to the public of all ages! 

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Lower fares and expanded service for transit customers

Great news for transit riders! Beginning Jan. 4, fares on ten local Johnson County Transit bus routes will drop from $2.25 to $1.50 a trip, the same fare as MAX and other local KCATA, Unified Government Transit and IndeBus routes. A $50 31-Day Pass will also be valid for fares on local JCT bus routes. More details are available in this Kansas City Star article.

Also starting on Monday, the 107-7th Street/Parallel route serving the University of Kansas Medical Center area will be extended 3.5 miles south to the Mission Transit Center. The Mission stop, located at 5251 Johnson Drive, is a jumping off point for riders to transfer to six other routes branching out to the rest of Johnson County. This is great news for Johnson County residents who want better service to reach the University of Kansas Medical Center campus where parking is scarce, and Wyandotte County residents who want more service to reach thousands of jobs in Johnson County. You can learn more about this route expansion on the RideKC website.

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