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WIC Garden volunteers needed

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Spring has sprung!! And what better way to celebrate than by digging in the dirt and planting for those in need. Johnson County's Department of Health and Environment has a garden that benefits clients in the Women, Infants and Children program. 

The WIC Community Garden located at the Health Services Building (11875 S. Sunset Drive) seeks all levels of gardeners for the 2018 season. All produce grown and harvested goes directly to Johnson County WIC clients. Children are always welcome in the garden. 

Appraised residential value appeals due by March 28

Deadline

The deadline for residential property owners to appeal their appraised values is March 28.

“The state requires us to appraise homes based on fair market value,” said Johnson County Appraiser Paul Welcome. “We encourage residents to review their appraised values closely. If they have information that would assist in better determining their home’s value, please contact our office before the deadline. Residents should provide photos, repair estimates and other documents to assist us in reviewing their appraised values.”

Johnson County maintains #1 ranking as healthiest place to live in Kansas

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Johnson County maintains its top ranking as the healthiest place to live in Kansas according to the ninth annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). The rankings are available at countyhealthrankings.org.

Three measles cases confirmed in Johnson County

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The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) has confirmed three cases of measles in a Johnson County, Kan. child care facility. All identified cases are in children less than one year of age, who are too young to be vaccinated for the disease. Those at risk for the disease have been contacted and the investigation is ongoing.

2018 State of the County Address is March 27

The Johnson County Public Policy Council and the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, Ed Eilert, cordially invite you to attend the 2018 State of the County Address and Luncheon.

The event is set for Tuesday, March 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th St., Overland Park. Tickets may be purchased through any of the Johnson County chambers of commerce at $35 per person or $350 for a corporate table of 8. The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 20. No refunds will be made on cancellations after the registration deadline.

Presentation from appraiser's public meetings is available

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If you  were unable to attend one of the two public meetings recently held regarding the 2018 appraised values in Johnson County, the PowerPoint presentation is available, as well as a fact sheet.

Don't forget to 'spring ahead!'

Spring has almost sprung. It also means it’s time to spring our clocks forward with the arrival of Daylight Saving Time (DST).

DST officially starts at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11. That means you’ll want to move your household clocks ahead by one hour when you go to bed Saturday night, March 10. The change is automatic for most smartphones, computers, tablets and other digital devices.

County appraiser to discuss property values at public meetings

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The NEJC Chamber and Shawnee Mission Post have partnered with Johnson County Appraiser Paul Welcome to hold two public information sessions regarding the increase in appraised values of homes this year. Considering the potential tax implications for many NEJC residents, this will be an opportunity for them to hear directly from Welcome on March 7 and March 12. The primary focus will be to inform NEJC residents how the strong housing market has resulted in the increase again this year and it will affect most areas in the county ranging from a 2 to 18 percent increase on average.

Prepare for severe weather this season

Storms

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week, so it's a great time to make sure you're ready for the season ahead of us. Spring weather in Kansas brings many potential hazards — tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding.

This morning, The National Weather Service in Kansas City conducted a statewide tornado drill at 10 a.m. which coincided with a test of the county’s emergency notification system, NotifyJoCo, to prepare residents for alerts during severe weather season. Our standard monthly test of the tornado sirens will happen on Wednesday as well.

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