JoCo Pulse, the county scorecard for capturing quantitative and qualitative information about the BOCC Strategic Priorities.
The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is responsible for enacting legislation, levying and appropriating taxes and setting budgets, and Johnson County residents are strongly encouraged to engage with county government and have their voices heard. Weekly BOCC meetings are open to the public and streamed online. Many of our departments and agencies have advisory boards that depend on citizen participation. Johnson County residents who are registered to vote elect the BOCC members, District Attorney and Sheriff, so the more you know, the more empowered your vote. This is a great place to get educated and start engaging.
More information including official minutes, votes, videos, information about how to make public comments and how to request accommodations is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.
Notes for the Record
BOCC actions for July 22, 2021
Manager’s Memo, Penny Postoak Ferguson, County Manager
COVID-19 and Vaccination Update
The COVID-19 report was prepared by Dr. Sanmi Areola and Elizabeth Lawlor Holzschuh. A copy of the report with the most up to date information is available online. Dr. Areola and Johnson County Local Health Officer Joseph LeMaster, M.D., highlighted the increased cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant and the recent school guidance regarding mask use. That guidance is also available online.
County Economic Research Institute (CERI) Indicators – July 2021 Edition
The July 2021 edition of the Economic Indicators for Johnson County was provided by CERI. All labor force statistics for the period 2010-2020 were revised by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on April 16, 2021. The unemployment rate for May 2021 was 3%, compared to 8.7% in May 2020 – a 5.7% decrease. The average unemployment rate for May the previous five years was 4%. The number of single-family homes sold in May 2021 was 1,095, compared to 992 in May 2020 – a 10.38% increase. Year-to-date (YTD), the cumulative number of homes sold is 4,179, compared to 3,847 during the same period the previous year – an 8.63% increase. The total number of single-family building permits issued in May 2021 was 225, compared to 128 in April 2020 – a 75.78% increase. YTD, the cumulative permits issued are 1,051, compared to 664 the previous year – a 58.28% increase. Additionally, the CERI reports total retail sales for Johnson County were $5.36 billion YTD through April 2021, compared to $4.43 billion through the same period YTD April 2020 – a 21.16% increase. The full report is available online.
JCW Integrated Plan
Congress enacted the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act on Jan.14, 2019, codifying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2012 Integrated Planning Approach and Framework. This framework was designed to help municipalities address competing clean water infrastructure investment needs and choose the most beneficial approaches for setting priorities and taking effective actions for achieving water quality goals. The EPA finalized and sent its Report to Congress on Integrated Plans to Comply with the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (WIIA) of 2019 to the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee and the House's Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on July 12. This report highlights the work of several communities that have developed integrated plans. Johnson County Wastewater’s Integrated Plan is highlighted on page 24 of the report.
Items currently on the agenda for the July 29 meeting:
A Committee of the Whole meeting was held following the BOCC meeting on July 22, regarding the Master Development Plan for New Century.
Here are some highlights of the Board of County Commissioners’ actions and activities in August 2019. More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.
On Aug. 8, the Board approved and adopted the FY 2020 Budget and FY 2020 – 2024 Capital Improvement Program as proposed. More information is available in this news release.
Other Board action in August included:
On Thursday, May 30, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), as a Committee of the Whole, will review budget proposals for FY 2020 from representatives from departments and agencies providing infrastructure services to the county, as well as outside agencies that receive county funding.
From 11 a.m. to noon, the BOCC is scheduled to hear proposed budgets from Planning/Contractor Licensing, Transportation, Airport, Public Works and Stormwater Management.
Afternoon presentations scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. include the Arts Council of Johnson County, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension, the Johnson County Fair, Soil Conservation, United Community Services, County Economic Research Institute, Enterprise Center of Johnson County and then will wrap up infrastructure with Johnson County Wastewater.
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 St., Olathe. They are also streamed live and available from a link on the Johnson County website, 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.
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.
After several months of work, study and discussion, today the Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted its 2019-2020 priorities. The board, along with staff, held a 1 1/2 day retreat in January, followed by discussions at Board of County Commissioner meetings and a March study session.
The BOCC has identified the following top three priorities for 2019-2020:
1. Complete/advance existing projects approved by voters and the Board of County Commissioners with efficiency and effectiveness.
2. Strengthen and finance the appropriate level of service to meet the needs of the county’s vulnerable populations, pursuing innovative strategies.
3. Develop a creative and innovative vision for a transit plan that is financially sustainable.
In this attached document you can learn more about these priorities as well as other topics identified.
“I want to thank our board, Executive Leadership Team members, the County Manager’s Office and other staff who played a role in the important work that lead to today’s adoption,” said County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson. “I look forward to our collaborative efforts during the next two years on these priorities and the positive impact they will have on the residents we serve.”
Our Board of County Commissioners wear many different hats. One of those hats is serving as liaisons to or members on a variety of boards and committees. Some are related to county government departments and agencies; others are regional boards or committees that work on issues benefiting the metro and the region.
Chairman Ed Eilert has finalized the board and committee assignments for 2019. If you go to the BOCC page and click on each commissioner’s bio, you can access their assignments.
Commissioner Jim Allen has been re-appointed as Vice Chairman of the BOCC for 2019.
Look for the new issue of JoCo Magazine, a special edition focused entirely on public safety, to hit your mailbox soon if it hasn't already! JoCo Magazine is a printed publication created by Johnson County Government, mailed three times per year to every household in the county.
The Fall 2016 issue, as well as past issues, can be viewed on the JoCo Magazine page of our website.
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