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111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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BOCC changes to new legislative management tool
May 22, 2019

The public has a new web link to view BOCC meetings online and access meeting agendas, minutes and other documents.  Johnson County has switched from the SIRE Technologies platform to OnBase by Hyland. Beginning May 23, all BOCC meeting information can be accessed at boccmeetings.jocogov.org. More information is available in this news release.

County departments to present proposed budgets for FY 2020
May 22, 2019

On Thursday, May 23, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, as a Committee of the Whole, will review budget proposals for FY 2020 from representatives from departments and agencies providing Health and Human Services, Leadership and Support Services, and Records and Taxation.

The budget discussions will involve 16 departments and offices of county government. The morning presentation from 11 a.m. to noon (all times subject to change) includes Health & Environment, Human Services, Mental Health and Developmental Supports.

Afternoon presentations from 1 to 4 p.m. include Leadership and Support Services (BOCC/Audit, Budget, County Manager’s Office, Department of Technology & Innovation, Human Resources, Legal, Treasury & Financial Mgmt./Risk Mgmt., Facilities/Fleet) and Records and Taxation (Motor Vehicle, Appraiser, Records & Tax Administration and Elections).

All budget presentations and deliberations are open to the public and take place at the Board’s Hearing Room on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry Street, Olathe. They are also streamed live and available to link to from the home page of jocogov.org.

The proposed FY 2020 Budget maintains a constant mill levy for Johnson County property owners and totals $1.26 billion with expenditures estimated at $934.5 million and reserves set at $331.4 million. The funding supports the departments and agencies that comprise Johnson County Government to serve and protect a county population of more than 604,000 residents. More information is available in this news release. Information and presentations on the proposed budget are available here.

 

Residents and businesses appeal NOAVs, adjustments reported
May 20, 2019

The Johnson County Appraiser’s Office announces that all informal appeal result letters will be mailed today, Monday, May 20, and all appeal adjustments will be updated online tomorrow, May 21. For the first time this year, homeowners had the opportunity to file their appeal online. More than 15% chose that option.

Johnson County counted 224,037 parcels in its 2019 Notice of Appraised Value (NOAV) process. There were 5,938 residential appeals filed, and 2,315 commercial appeals, which represent 2.7% and 1% of the total parcel count, respectively. Approximately 50% of residential and 30% of commercial appeals were adjusted. The informal appeal result letters will be mailed today.

 “We’re happy to work with property owners to ensure fair, accurate and appropriate valuations, while providing the best possible customer service,” said Johnson County Appraiser Paul Welcome.

Learn more about the valuation process and how you can access details about Johnson County properties. 

Summer Reading program launches today
May 20, 2019

Each May, as the school year comes to an end, students throughout Johnson County get a break from their studies to enjoy the warm weather and free time. Johnson County Library wants to keep kids engaged with reading even when school isn’t in session. The Library’s annual Summer Reading program encourages young people to stay in the habit of exploring all that books have to offer.

The Summer Reading program kicks off today, May 20. You can drop by any Johnson County Library any time today, to pick up a free book, while supplies last. You can also grab a Summer Reading log while you’re there. The log is also available for print online.

The theme this year is “A Universe of Stories.” The Library is celebrating space exploration with authors, presenters, specialists, illustrators, astronomers and astronauts. Beginning May 18, the Library began hosting space-related activities at various library locations throughout the county. Events include: “Science Café: Astronomy in Kansas City,” “Movie and Music in the Park,” “Out of this World: Stories and Songs from Space” and more. Learn more about the events and register to attend.

Johnson County Library selected the theme to honor NASA turning 60 and this year and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. Summer Reading at Johnson County Library highlights this history and inspires kids of all ages to dream big, believe in themselves and create their own stories.

“Reading is a skill, and the more you practice, the better you will get,” said Sean Casserley, Johnson County Library director. “We encourage school-aged families—and everyone else while you’re at it—to read for at least 30 minutes per day. You can read anything - books, magazines, video game liner notes. It’s up to your individual likes and interests.”

Listen to a podcast episode all about this year’s Summer Reading program. 

Budget presentations begin tomorrow
May 15, 2019

Tomorrow and on the next two Thursdays, the Board will hear department budget presentations. These are opportunities for the Board and the public to get more details on the individual budgets that make up the proposed FY 2020 budget. Over the next three weeks, presentations will be made by departments, agencies and offices of Johnson County Government, plus outside agencies that receive county funding.

Below is the schedule for tomorrow’s Committee of the Whole which focuses on public safety and culture & recreation (all times subject to change).

10:30 – 12:00

  • District Attorney
  • Corrections
  • Emergency Management & Communications/911 Fund
  • Justice Information Management System (JIMS)
  • Fire District #2
  • Med-Act

1:00 – 1:30

  • Sheriff

1:30 – 4:00

  • Library
  • Park & Recreation
  • District Courts

All budget presentations and deliberations are open to the public and take place at the Board’s Hearing Room on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building (111 S. Cherry Street, Olathe.) They are also streamed live and available to link to from the home page of jocogov.org.

County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson presented the proposed FY 2020 Budget on May 9. It maintains a constant mill levy for Johnson County property owners. It also aligns with the county’s emergency and safety-net services rated “most important” future priorities in the 2019 Community Survey and with top priorities of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for 2019-2020.

The county’s proposed FY 2020 Budget totals $1.26 billion, with expenditures estimated at $934.5 million and reserves set at $331.4 million. The funding supports the departments and agencies that comprise Johnson County Government to serve and protect a county population of more than 604,000 residents. More information is available in this news release. Information and presentations on the FY 2020 proposed budget are available here.

June 1 grand opening event set for Meadowbrook Park
May 10, 2019

A June 1 grand opening has been set for the much-anticipated Meadowbrook Park and Clubhouse, located at  9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will involve a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m., and comments from public officials, tours of the property and clubhouse, art activities, yoga and personal trainer demonstrations, snacks, giveaways, music, information about and opportunities to sign up for JCPRD programs, and more. 

Once the clubhouse parking lot clubhouse fills, overflow parking will be at Christ Church Anglican at 5500 W. 91st St., and at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church, 9300 Nall, both of which are across Nall Avenue to the west and are within easy walking distance.

Meadowbook Park consists of about 80 acres, located primarily on the northern portion of the site of the former Meadowbrook Country Club. The park will include: a destination playground called the Treeline Adventure; a large shelter called the Grand Pavilion, which will accommodate approximately 160 people; three additional picnic shelters; eight pickleball courts; a separate play and picnic area called The Groves, located in a grove of Oak trees; Meadowbrook Hill, which utilizes surplus soil from enlarging the park’s lakes to create a high area which will be perfect for snow sledding and other exercise pursuits throughout the year; three miles of paved trails; and an area featuring low-impact outdoor fitness equipment.

A major entryway to the new park will be past the 10,000 square-foot Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, located near the park’s northwest corner near 91st Street. The building includes an event space for about 200 people, a multipurpose room, and a Natureplay Preschool with an outdoor playground. Other building features include a small lobby, administration area, catering kitchen, and a deck overlooking the park area.

In addition to providing green space in the densely-populated northeastern section of the county, the new park will also present many new programming opportunities. The current May through August issue of the My JCPRD Activities catalog includes 55 programs at Meadowbrook between June 3 and Aug. 31, including 26 programs and five special events in June. 

 

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