The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners reached consensus on the Proposed FY 2020 Operating and Capital Improvement Budget on Thursday, June 20, and set the maximum expenditure authority for legal publication.
By agreeing to this authority and publishing the proposed budget, board members established the maximum Proposed FY 2020 Budget at almost $1.26 billion with a constant mill levy of 26.013 mills. One mill equals $1 on every $1,000 of a homeowner’s assessed valuation. The board’s proposed budget included estimated expenditures of $937.1 million and anticipated reserves of $322.7 million.
On Thursday, the board authorized the budget staff to proceed with publishing the proposed taxing levies for the county’s three taxing districts – county, library, and park and recreation – and their maximum operating expenditures for next year. The county plans to publish the proposed county budget and supporting levies on July 13 in the Kansas City Star.
“The budget as published cannot be increased, but it can go down,” Commission Chairman Ed Eilert said. “This is not the final budget vote, and we have a public hearing scheduled on Monday, July 29, at 7 p.m. in the Board’s hearing room and we welcome the public input.”
The hearing room is located on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, in downtown Olathe. The hearing will provide an opportunity for Johnson County citizens to learn more about the proposed budget and comment on how county services are financed.
The board is scheduled to approve the FY 2020 Budget and the estimated taxing levies on Thursday, Aug. 8, during its business session that begins at 9:30 a.m. in the hearing room. By state law, the county must adopt the budget for the next fiscal year by Aug. 25. The budget becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2020.
The final setting of the FY 2020 mill levy, however, will be established by the end of October with the latest property valuations by the Johnson County Department of Records and Tax Administration.