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Think green when holiday decorating

There are many ways to incorporate sustainability into your holiday décor plans. These are just a few.

How you can help during the holidays

Our Human Services department has two easy ways to make the holidays brighter for those in need- donating and delivering.

1) Support our Holiday Hygiene Drive: Johnson County's six multi-service centers are in need of basic necessities such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and shampoo. Personal hygiene products can't be purchased with an Electronic Benefits Transfer card (formerly known as food stamps.)

It’s Kansas Winter Weather Awareness Day!

Believe it or not, we're into winter weather season. So don't be caught unprepared — a few minutes of preparation now can go a long way to ensure that you have the supplies you need on hand in your car or home when winter weather strikes. 

If you aren't sure how to prepare, we've got you covered at joco72.org — your hub for emergency preparedness. You’ll find information about what to do in an emergency, simple steps to get connected, and useful guides to help you get prepared.

Your opinion needed to determine I-35 ramp metering locations

It's no secret that I-35 in Johnson County has some congestion issues. KC Scout, which is jointly operated by the Kansas and Missouri Departments of Transportation, is hoping to improve some of the worst areas of congestion by implementing ramp metering on some entrance ramps long the interstate. 

Johnson County offices closed Thursday & Friday for Thanksgiving

Johnson County Government offices will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27. This includes all Johnson County Library locations and most Johnson County Park and Recreation District facilities. Click here for a detailed listing of which parks facilities will be closed.

Offices will reopen Monday, Nov. 30 at 8:00 a.m.

Property tax statements mailed to Johnson County taxpayers

If you own property in Johnson County, you will soon receive your annual tax statement, if you haven’t already. The first half of your real estate and personal property taxes are due on or before Monday, December 21, 2015, and the second half of your taxes are due on or before Tuesday, May 10, 2016. You’ll find information on how to pay your tax bill here.

This holiday season is last chance to visit the 1950s All-Electric House at the current Shawnee location

Want to take a step back in time and experience a 1950s-style Christmas? Starting Saturday, Nov. 28, “A Very Fifties Christmas” adorns the 1950s All-Electric House in the space age style of a 1950s holiday and will be open for tours. This is the public's last chance to tour the 1950s All-Electric House at its current home behind the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee. At the end of this year’s holiday season, the 1950s All-Electric House will close in preparation for the Museum’s 2017 move to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park.

Let's talk turkey

Though preparing a turkey might seem like old hat, it never hurts to review the basics of safe handling and cooking prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are some reminders from the USDA and CDC:

Two opportunities for fun at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Looking for family-friendly weekend fun? Ernie Miller Nature Center's got you covered with two events on Saturday that are sure to delight the entire family. Both events will take place indoors at Ernie Miller Nature Center (909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, KS 66061) and advanced registration is not necessary.

Tellebration 2015 | 10:30–11:30 a.m.

We saved more than $6 million dollars today!

A “Triple Triple-A” credit rating helped Johnson County save $6.1 million today when we we issued refunding bonds to pay off older debt obligations at a lower interest rate. Please read more about this story in our news release.