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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.

Proposed FY 2020 Budget maintains constant mill levy
May 15, 2019

The proposed FY 2020 Budget for Johnson County Government maintains a constant mill levy for Johnson County property owners. It 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.

County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson presented the budget proposal to the board on Thursday, May 9, during a Committee of the Whole session. 

“I am proud of what we have accomplished within the FY 2020 Proposed Budget,” Postoak Ferguson noted in her budget message to the BOCC. “We were able to maintain and even enhance our high level of quality services and programs within the means of a proposed constant mill levy for FY 2020. As our Community Survey reveals year after year, Johnson County sets the standard of service delivery compared to other communities of our size.”

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.

“Residents are encouraged to learn more about the proposed budget and provide input about county services and programs for FY 2020 and beyond,” Ed Eilert, chairman of the BOCC, said. “All residents are invited to be an active part of the county’s annual budget process and to share their views with Board members and county management as we consider and finalize the budget for next year.”

The BOCC now will review the budget proposal and meet with county departments and agencies in a series of work sessions from mid-May to mid-June.

The public hearing on the new county budget will occur at 7 p.m. Monday, July 29, in the Board’s Hearing Room located on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, in downtown Olathe.

The Board is scheduled to adopt the budget resolution during its business session on Thursday, Aug. 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Hearing Room. According to state statute, the county’s new budget must be approved and filed with the County Clerk by Aug. 25.

An overview of the proposed FY 2020 Budget is available here, to the county manager's budget message and supporting materials is here, and to a press release is here.

 

 

Recovery Conference provides hope, resources
May 8, 2019

Johnson County Mental Health Center’s annual Recovery Conference will take place this Friday at Cleveland University-Kansas City. More than 100 community members have registered to attend the conference and take advantage of the sessions which will provide tools and skills to help them on their road to recovery.

“The journey to recovery is a long one and sometimes can be stressful or lonely…” said one Mental Health Center client, who will be speaking at the conference. “Events like the Recovery Conference can help those who feel lost or alone to not feel as such and to have encouragement from supportive people to encourage them to continue their journey.”

The conference will feature a keynote address from local singer and songwriter, Una Walkenhorst. As a Kansas City native, she will speak to her own mental health journey and perform several of her original songs.

The Recovery Conference is from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday, May 10. Breakfast will be provided starting at 9 a.m. and lunch is also provided. The conference is free and interested individuals can register online at jocogov.org/mentalhealth, by calling 913-715-7880 or emailing jcmhcinfo@jocogov.org

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