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Phone: 913-715-0725

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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Watch for delivery of Johnson County magazines this week
May 4, 2017

Johnson County’s JoCo Magazine and The Best Times will both be delivered this week. If you are a Johnson County resident, you should receive JoCo magazine four times a year. The Best Times is delivered on a bi-monthly basis to Johnson County residents who are age 60 plus. If you qualify and are not on The Best Times mailing list, call 913-715-8930. Both magazines are mailed without charge and are produced by the county’s Public Information Office.

JoCo Magazine's mission is dedicated to publishing stories that inform residents about county services and finances, as well as issues that may impact the quality of life.

The mission of The Best Times is to publish articles that inform, challenge, support, entertain and persuade.

Click here for the current online versions of JoCo Magazine and The Best Times.

 

Child care business info fair this Saturday
May 3, 2017

Are you interested in starting your own quality, licensed, in-home day care business in Johnson County? Learn the basics about how to get started during our information fair on May 6! 

  • Learn from local leaders in quality child care and early learning; get your questions answered.
  • Make contacts and connections with organizations that can help support you.
  • Find out exactly what steps you need to take to establish in-home day care.
  • Save money! Johnson County Government will pay the licensing fees for anyone who attends the fair and starts his or her own day care business (up to $287 value).
  • During the fair, learn how you can take Parents as Teachers Free Family Child Care Business classes for free. The classes are presented in Spanish and valued at $700! Also includes all State required classes and incentives.
  • Information during the fair will be available in both English and Spanish.

The format of the information fair is to come and go at your convenience, however there will be brief presentations by all the partner agencies in two cycles — from 10 a.m. to noon and again from noon to 2 p.m. So if you would like to see the information presented during all the partner agency presentations, it would be best to plan to attend for the duration of one of those two-hour blocks. 

If you have questions about the information fair, please call 913-715-2113. View the event flier on jocogov.org for further details. 

Proposed 2018 budget creates potential to roll back mill levy
May 1, 2017

County manager Hannes Zacharias has proposed a budget for next year with the potential to roll back the mill levy by a quarter mill. 

“Current revenue projections support a strong county budget,” Zacharias said. “Our proposal meets the needs of a growing community and adequately compensates staff. The budget adheres to the board’s direction to maintain a constant mill levy and creates a potential opportunity to return resources back to the taxpayers of Johnson County.”

Johnson County’s proposed FY 2018 budget totals $1.06 billion, composed of $820.1 million in expenditures and $243 million in reserves. The proposed budget maintains existing services and general fund reserves, supports health care increases and meets growing service demands.

The county manager noted in his budget message that if the local economy and revenue projections hold steady, and the state budget is finalized without significant negative impact to the county, the FY 2018 budget would provide sufficient funding to allow county leadership to roll the mill levy back by a quarter mill and therefore reduce property taxes.

The proposal holds the county’s current taxing levy steady at 19.59 mills — still the lowest mill levy in Kansas, with 3.915 mills for the library district and 3.102 mills for the park and recreation district.

The 2018 budget proposal includes a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) totaling more than $159 million. CIP highlights include:

  • $77.4 million for Wastewater’s capital projects;
  • $15 million for the Stormwater Management Program;
  • $14.9 million for the County Assistance Road System (CARS) program;
  • $14.8 million for Park and Recreation District’s capital projects.

The budget proposal funds a maximum 3,950.72 of full-time-equivalent employees, including an increase of 63.73 FTEs from the FY 2017 budget (eight of which would be funded by county taxes). The budget also allocates funds for a 3 percent merit increase pool for employees who meet performance goals.

“While Johnson County’s economy is strong and growing, both caution and optimism are in order,” Zacharias said. “The nation’s economy is currently enjoying the fourth-longest period of economic recovery in U.S. history, and a slow-down is likely imminent. The extent to which an economic downturn may affect Johnson County is difficult to predict. We stand ready, however, to continue to provide the necessary services our residents expect and deserve.”

Budget timeline

  • From May 4 to May 23, the Board of County Commissioners will conduct study sessions to review FY 2018 budget proposals with county agencies and departments.
  • The board is scheduled to set the FY 2018 maximum expenditure budget on June 15 for newspaper publication. Following legal publication, the county cannot, by law, increase the amount of budgeted expenditures, but can decrease the amount of the operating budget or taxing level with final board approval.
  • The public hearing for the FY 2018 proposed budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 31.
  • The board is scheduled to adopt the 2018 budget resolution during its business session on Aug. 10. According to state statute, the county’s new budget must be approved and filed with the county clerk by Aug. 25.
BIG summer planting event
April 27, 2017

Ready to do some gardening? Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 2 and plan to join staff members from Johnson County’s Department of Health and Environment in the community garden to plant the summer crops. They will be planting tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and cucumbers just to name a few. The garden is structured so all volunteers work communally to plant, grow and harvest food that is distributed to clients of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. 

The planting event will be May 2 from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the WIC Community Garden, 11875 South Sunset Drive, Olathe, Kansas.

Tools, gloves and guidance will be provided. Volunteers only need to show up ready to work, and bring a water bottle if you like. Children are always welcome. No experience necessary.

Visit the WIC Garden webpage for more information.

National Walk @ Lunch Day®
April 26, 2017

Johnson County Government employees replaced a Working lunch with a Walking lunch as the county continued its partnership with Blue KC by participating in its seventh annual 2017 for National Walk@ Lunch Day® on April 26. Employees met at three scheduled sites as well as several other county locations which formed their own walking groups to take a nice spring walk.

It can be hard to find time in your busy schedule to participate in physical activity. However, taking a walk is one of the simplest, safest and most effective forms of exercise. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies across the country sponsor the annual National Walk @ Lunch Day® – designed to encourage busy people to take a walk during their lunch break and start a healthy routine.

Tens of thousands of working Americans around the country were expected to participate in a 30-minute walk during lunch, and take the first steps towards a healthier lifestyle. National Walk @ Lunch Day is designed to complement—not compete with—busy lifestyles. Created to improve personal health and decrease the costs of healthcare for both employers and employees, National Walk @ Lunch Day can be the start of a new daily walking routine, improving health step by step.

Studies have found that regular walking, particularly at a brisk pace of 3 mph, can substantially reduce the risk of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Additionally, simply performing 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five times a week has significant health benefits and can lower the risk of developing or dying from hypertension or type 2 diabetes, and improve the health of muscles, bones and joints.

Leadership appoints assistant to the county manager
April 25, 2017

Cindy Green has been named assistant to the county manager and chief of staff, effective May 15. In this role, Green will be responsible for the administrative and budgetary functions of the county manager’s office. She will also act as the principal strategic lead for the department’s operations, working closely with the county manager and senior leadership to develop organizational goals.

“Cindy’s extensive experience in local government will be a great asset to our leadership team as we work to implement the board’s strategic priorities for the next year,” said county manager Hannes Zacharias. “Her knowledge of Kansas politics as well as local and state government operations will be of great benefit in this role, so we’re excited to have her join the organization.”

Green will be the primary analyst and liaison for various responsibilities including new and ongoing initiatives with a number of stakeholders such as metro cities and counties, school districts and other groups. She will also be responsible for the county’s legislative affairs, coordinating and collaborating with executives and senior managers on legislative platforms.

Prior to joining Johnson County Government, Green served as deputy director of the League of Kansas Municipalities where she oversaw advocacy efforts and message development. Green served as a district representative for U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran in Olathe, collaborating with Washington, D.C., staff on policy and issues important to constituents. She has extensive experience in local government, serving on the city council of Lenexa for six years and 10 years of service on the Lenexa Planning Commission. Her previous industry experiences include vice president of Kansas governmental affairs for the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors, where she built relationships with federal, state, county and city elected officials and public managers to advocate real estate issues. She served as marketing and sales director for Overland Park-based Metcalf Bank and was an assistant vice president in commercial lending at Wichita-based Intrust Bank.

Green holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ottawa University in Kansas City.

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