Thursday, the Board of County Commissioners heard the proposed budget for Johnson County's transit system and for those departments that report to the County Manager's Office.
Officials with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and CMO provided updates on the changes in the bus system (formerly The JO in Johnson County), RideKC. The new and expanded services are getting positive public feedback and new ridership. Increased usage is expected as more people become aware of the new routes. The taxi voucher ridership program's popularity is also increasing and usage continues to grow.
Also, County Manager Hannes Zacharias presented the BOCC with requests for additional resources for 2018. The funds, if approved by the commission, will allow the county to increase efficiencies and improve services.
The proposed resources would enhance cyber security efforts with additional employee training, ensure HIPAA compliance, add staff to support critical county projects and support existing Human Services staff who were previously funded by the State of Kansas. Resources were also requested to transition Overland Park medical services to Johnson County Med-Act and fund needs within Emergency Management and Communications, Human Resources, Mental Health, Planning, Public Works, and support our community partner, United Community Services.
Next week, the BOCC will hear the budget proposals for the following county offices, departments and districts: Sheriff's Office, Wastewater, Elections, Library, and Park and Recreation District.
The budget meetings are broadcast on the county's website and more information about the proposed FY 2018 budget is available online.