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Public invited to weigh in on proposed 2019 budget

The Board of County Commissioners and Johnson County staff invite residents to attend the public hearing on the proposed 2019 budget to learn more and provide feedback. The public hearing will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 30 in the third floor Hearing Room at the County Administration Building, located at 111 S. Cherry in Olathe.

Johnson County’s proposed 2019 budget totals $1.1 billion, composed of $819.5 million in expenditures and $281.2 million in reserves. The estimated property tax rate for FY 2019 is 26.351 mills, the same rate as FY 2018.  However, the BOCC is planning a quarter mill rollback, which would be the second consecutive year, making the two year cumulative impact a reduction of over a half mill.

With a targeted quarter mill rollback, the county's taxing levy would drop to 19.318 - the lowest mill levy in Kansas, with 3.921 mills for Johnson County Library (JCL) district and 3.112 mills for Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD).

The public hearing will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person.

The budget proposal funds a maximum 4,008.04 full-time-equivalent employees, including 17 new positions funded by county tax support and nine FTEs that are fee supported. The remaining new positions are 20.9 for the library and 13.6 FTEs for park and recreation. The budget also allocates funds for a 3 percent merit increase pool for employees.

Budget timeline

  • Formal adoption of the FY 2019 Budget is scheduled for the regular BOCC business session on Thursday, August 9 at 9:30 a.m.
  • According to state statute, the county budget is due to the county clerk on Friday, Aug. 24, if there is no election needed.


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