Current Budget

Budget Book

FY 2022 Capital/Operating Budget

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Budget Basics

Where Your Property Tax Dollar Goes

Although your property tax check is paid to Johnson County, only about 15 cents of every property dollar actually goes to county government. The county collects the money as a function of the Johnson County Treasurer's Office. The greater portion is disbursed to schools, cities, and the county's six townships, and special taxing districts, including for fire services, libraries and county parks.

Schools (56 cents)

In FY 2020, 56 cents of each property tax dollar collected in Johnson County were distributed from the county to the state as part of its legislative funding formula to support Johnson County public schools in the Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission, Olathe, De Soto, Spring Hill, Gardner-Edgerton school districts.

County Government (15 cents)

In FY 2020, 15 cents of each property tax dollar collected in Johnson County is provided to revenue for County Government.

Cities and Townships (16 cents)

In FY 2020, 16 cents of each property tax dollar collected in Johnson County were distributed as a funding source to the 20 cities in Johnson County and six townships.

Libraries and Parks (5 cents)

In FY 2020, five cents of each property tax dollar collected in Johnson County were distributed to fund Johnson County Library and Johnson County Park and Recreation District. Each received roughly two cents each in the annual property tax distribution.

Special Assessments (3 cents)

In FY 2020, three cents of each property tax dollar collected in Johnson County was used to fund special assessments such as new streets, curbs and gutters, mowing charges or sewers.

Special Districts (2 cents)

In FY 2020, two cents of each property tax dollar collected in Johnson County were distributed to cemeteries, drainage, fire, and recreation districts in the unincorporated areas of the county.

State (1 cent)

In FY 2020, a penny of each property tax dollar collected in Johnson County went to the State of Kansas as a funding source.

Budget Principles

Historically, the County has adhered to the following budget principles in order to maintain a solid financial condition:

  • Fund on-going operating expenditures with on-going revenue sources
  • Maintain a sufficient General Fund reserve for Triple AAA bond rating, unknown and unusual circumstances
  • Estimate revenues using a conservative approach to avoid budget shortfalls during the fiscal year.

These principles reflect the County's commitment to prudent financial management and the maintenance of existing credit ratings. Currently, the County's general obligation bonds are rated "AAA" by Standard and Poor's, "Aaa" by Moody's, and "AAA" by Fitch. When rating the County's debt, Moody's Investors Service commented that the "highest quality Aaa rating reflects: Johnson County's sizable and wealthy tax base within the Kansas City metropolitan area, well managed finances characterized by revenue diversity and flexibility, financial operations to remain sound due to prudent financial management, modest debt levels with average principal retirement."