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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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Board of Election Canvassers certifies primary election results
August 15, 2018

The Board of Election Canvassers voted today to certify the Johnson County election results. Monday morning, the board met to determine which provision ballots would be counted, which would be partially counted and which should not be counted, based on state statute. Following board action, the approved provisional ballots were tallied and added to the unofficial final results reported on Aug. 7, Election Day.  After reviewing the combined results, the board certified the Johnson County election results. The Johnson County Election Office posted the results on its website. All Kansas counties send the certified election results to the secretary of state's office.

The Election Office live tweeted the canvass meetings. Residents can follow information from the meeting and actions by reviewing tweets from the Election Office.

Accessibility project to close Off-Leash Dog Area for five weeks
August 10, 2018

A construction project which will add an accessible trail to the Off-Leash Dog Area in Shawnee Mission Park will begin on Aug. 13, and will result in the complete closure of the popular off-leash area for about five weeks.

This project involves the construction of approximately one half mile of concrete trail between the parking lot and the existing ramp down to the dog beach area. The new trail will follow the spine of the hill, and will replace the existing wood-chipped trail.

The goal of this project "is to improve ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) access to the beach," said Project Manager Megan Merryman. "In general, as an agency, we are making significant efforts to make our parks more accessible for everyone."

Freeman Concrete Construction of Shawnee was the successful bidder for this project. As detailed in the contract, Freeman will have 35 calendar days to complete construction.

Like the district's streamway trails, the new paved trail will be ten feet wide.

During the scheduled closure, park staff will make additional improvements to the area, including fencing the east and west boundaries to enclose the entire off-leash area. The new fence will ultimately provide a safer area for dogs and their owners.  

Just a friendly reminder that in addition to being potentially hazardous to both dogs and people, entering the off-leash area during this construction closure, which also includes the parking lot, will be considered trespassing.

During the closure, off-leash area patrons are encouraged to use alternative off-leash areas, including three others operated by JCPRD, and others operated by outside agencies. Other JCPRD off-leash areas are located in: Heritage Park 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe; Thomas S. Stoll Memorial Park, 12500 W. 119th St., Overland Park; and near the Kill Creek Streamway Park access point at 33460 W. 95th St., De Soto. Other area dog parks include: Leawood Dog Park, 10601 Lee Boulevard, Leawood; and two areas operated by the city of Kansas City, Mo., in Penn Valley Park at 28th & Wyandotte St., and in Swope Park at 4701 E. Gregory Blvd.

Johnson County Board of County Commissioners adopts 2019 budget
August 10, 2018

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners today adopted the county’s fiscal year 2019 budget. The 2019 budget totals $1.097 billion, composed of $815.9 million in expenditures and $281.2 million in reserves.

The BOCC approved a total estimated county mill levy of 25.973 mills – a decrease of 0.378 (0.322 decrease for the County Taxing District, 0.027 decrease for Johnson County Library Taxing District and 0.029 decrease for Johnson County Park & Recreation District Taxing District.) This includes an estimated mill levy of 18.996 for the County Taxing District, 3.894 mills for the Johnson County Library taxing district and 3.083 mills for the Johnson County Park & Recreation District taxing district. These are estimated mill levies as there are slight valuation changes from July to October when values are certified by the county clerk.

More information on the adopted budget is available in the county's news release.

Unofficial final election results available
September 11, 2019

On Election Day, 118,708 Johnson County residents took to the polls to vote in the primary elections. The Johnson County Election Office has posted the unofficial final count of votes cast in the county on their webpage. Statewide results are available through the office of the Kansas Secretary of State.

Official final election results will be available following certification by the Board of Canvassers, which is also the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. They canvass the votes on the Monday following the election at 9 a.m. at the Election Office, 2101 E. Kansas City Road. The Board of Canvassers determines the validity of any provisional or challenged ballots. Following the processing of the valid ballots, the official vote summary is certified by the Board of Canvassers as the official final election results which will also be posted on the Johnson County Election Office’s webpage.


Answers to community survey FAQs now online
August 7, 2018

Each year, the county’s community satisfaction survey provides an opportunity for residents to provide feedback on county services and their overall perceptions of the county. In 2018, residents gave Johnson County a 98 percent satisfaction rating as a place to live, a 96 percent satisfaction rating as a place to raise children and an 89 percent satisfaction rating as a place to work. Survey respondents also provided more than 400 comments and questions on how the county could serve them better. 

County leadership uses these responses to better serve county residents. Staff reviewed each of the comments and grouped together similar themes to form eight frequently asked questions: 

  1. Why have Johnson County Wastewater (JCW) rates gone up and how do our rates compare to other service providers in the area?
  2. Why do my property taxes change every year?
  3. What's the difference between city government and county government?
  4. What are the Johnson County Park and Recreation District's plans regarding additional biking lanes and walking trails?
  5. Can transit provide more availability to all parts of the county, and options to commute across state lines?
  6. Who's responsible for maintaining and repairing our roads?
  7. What is Johnson County Government doing in terms of transparency and communication?
  8. How does the county support local law enforcement in responding to mental health concerns? 

These questions and their answers are now available online. 

County management contracted with Olathe-based ETC Institute to conduct the survey. The survey was mailed to a random sample of county households; approximately seven days after the surveys were mailed, residents who received a survey were contacted by phone. Of the households that received a survey, 1,429 respondents completed surveys, resulting in a 95 percent confidence level for the survey findings.


Paratransit now available to entire county
June 27, 2019

On Aug. 2, the Board of County Commissioners voted to remove service area restrictions on county-provided paratransit transportation, making transportation for the elderly and those with disabilities available to all county residents. The previous paratransit service area boundary, which had been in place for decades, limited paratransit service to the central portion of Johnson County, between 47th Street and 159th Street from north to south, and State Line and K7 Highway from east to west.

Read more in county's news release about this change.