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Johnson County Government exists to provide hundreds of high-quality services to its more than 560,000 residents. Some County initiatives are highly-visible and impact residents' lives on a daily basis, including wastewater, stormwater, and roadway improvements along with construction or renovation of public buildings. Others County services happen behind the scenes, while plenty of what we do is highly popular, like library programs, park and recreation activities and fun events.

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Want to know what's happening at the Johnson County Airport Commission, download the latest board meeting agenda and minutes at www.jocogov.org/dept/airport-commission/commission.

2016 NWS Storm Spotter Training

Meteorologist Andy Bailey from the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, MO will lead this training seminar designed to enhance your ability to correctly recognize, identify, and relay information about severe weather. In fact experience shows the counties who most aggressively train spotters and share real time reports with the NWS receive the highest quality warnings for their area. Real time reports are that critical to our warning forecasters during severe weather events.

The seminar will be engaging and interactive with numerous opportunities for questions! 

This event is free and open to the public of all ages! 

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Lower fares and expanded service for transit customers

Great news for transit riders! Beginning Jan. 4, fares on ten local Johnson County Transit bus routes will drop from $2.25 to $1.50 a trip, the same fare as MAX and other local KCATA, Unified Government Transit and IndeBus routes. A $50 31-Day Pass will also be valid for fares on local JCT bus routes. More details are available in this Kansas City Star article.

Also starting on Monday, the 107-7th Street/Parallel route serving the University of Kansas Medical Center area will be extended 3.5 miles south to the Mission Transit Center. The Mission stop, located at 5251 Johnson Drive, is a jumping off point for riders to transfer to six other routes branching out to the rest of Johnson County. This is great news for Johnson County residents who want better service to reach the University of Kansas Medical Center campus where parking is scarce, and Wyandotte County residents who want more service to reach thousands of jobs in Johnson County. You can learn more about this route expansion on the RideKC website.

FLYER DIGITAL IMAGING PHOTO PROJECT

Flyer Digital Imaging Photo Project - This flyer will be with all van drivers & photographers

The Johnson County Appraiser’s Office has contracted with Tyler Technologies, Inc. to provide detailed, high-resolution street level images of the exterior of every property in the county. Kansas law requires counties to update property information every six years in an effort to maintain accurate data on every parcel in the county. Correct up-to-date property information is crucial to ensure fair and equitable property values.

In addition, this project will:

  • Improve the overall quality of the county’s real estate data.
  • Save taxpayers money by making the property tax administration process more efficient.
  • Make available for emergency management recovery the reports necessary for state and federal assistance.
  • Validate property addresses to identify homes for fire, police and medical emergency response.

Please note the following:

  • Imagery will be captured from customized white vans that will be clearly marked with signs indicating they are conducting an imaging and address verification project for the county.
  • All personnel assigned to this project have been issued photo identification badges that must be visible at all times.
  • Local law enforcement has been notified of van descriptions and their locations.    
  • Photographs are taken from public right-of-way whenever possible.

For more information:

 

Paul A. Welcome, CAE, FRICS, ASA, RMA

County Appraiser

 

EFFORT TO TAKE AN EXTERIOR PHOTO OF EVERY PROPERTY

JOHNSON COUNTY, KAN. –  A countywide property-imaging project kicks off in Johnson County this month (January 2016). The Johnson County Appraiser’s Office has contracted with Tyler Technologies, Inc. to take high-resolution street level photos of the exterior of every property in the county. The county uses these photos to create land record information used in the appraisal process. Kansas law requires counties to update property information every six years in an effort to maintain accurate data on every parcel in the county.

“Correct up-to-date property information is crucial to ensuring fair and equitable property values as well as making the appraisal process more efficient,” said Paul Welcome, Johnson County Appraiser. “This project will provide high-quality photos of every house, commercial building, gazebo…every structure with value…on the county’s 187,000 parcels of land.”

Tyler Technologies field staff will photograph properties from customized white vans that will be clearly marked with signs indicating they are conducting an imaging and address verification project for the county. All personnel assigned to this project will have photo identification badges and will take photographs from public right-of-way whenever possible.

The imaging crews are expected to be in the area for several months.  During that time they will be in constant communication with the Appraiser’s Office. Each week, the Appraiser’s Office will post the crew’s schedule at www.jocogov.org/countypropertyphotoproject.

For more information, please visit our website at www.jocogov.org/appraiser or call 913-715-9000.

      

About Johnson County, Kansas

Located in the southwestern quadrant of the Kansas City Metropolitan Region, Johnson County, Kansas is a community of choice with a current population of more than 575,000, making it the most populated of the 105 counties in Kansas, but traditionally having the lowest mill levy in the state. For more information visit the county’s website at www.jocogov.org.

Holiday schedule for Johnson County Transit

If your holiday plans including taking public transportation, you’ll want to see the latest holiday schedules. Please click here for important transit information.

Select Downtown Bus Stops Being Removed

Affects Johnson County Transit and KCATA Service  

DETAILS AT THIS LINK: http://ridekc.org/bulletins/select-downtown-bus-stops-being-removed 

Starting Sunday, Jan. 3, about 65 bus stops will be removed from downtown Kansas City as part of an overall effort to enhance road safety and improve transit service. A plan reducing the width of Grand Boulevard to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and cars requires new striping and means some downtown bus stops will be eliminated. The new striping will establish lanes for bicyclists along Grand. Other bus stops will be removed because of a plan to concentrate bus service in several major downtown corridors and improve spacing between the stops.

Many stops that will be removed are now located on Grand Boulevard; other stops include some on Main, Oak, Baltimore, Locust, 10th Street and 11th Street.

Riders who use the following routes will be affected:

  • 660-Antioch/Downtown
  • 661-Olathe Express
  • 664-Metcalf/Downtown
  • 670-Gardner/OP Express
  • 672-JoCo Downtown Midday
  • 673-South OP Express
  • 678-Shawnee Express

Many stops will remain in place on Grand Boulevard as bus stops are clustered there so service is easier to find.

Additionally, the eastbound stops at 10th & Central and 10th & Walnut will remain. 

Our Regional Call Center is open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 816-221-0660 for trip planning and to answer other questions about transit service. 

DETAILS AT THIS LINK: http://ridekc.org/bulletins/select-downtown-bus-stops-being-removed 

Health insurance enrollment event takes place Dec. 7 in Olathe

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) is hosting a health insurance enrollment event to assist Kansans in enrolling in health care plans.

The event will be held Dec. 7 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Olathe, Room 1055. The Health Partnership Clinic and El Centro are co-sponsoring this event.

Certified HealthCare.gov navigators will be available to help individuals and families renew their existing coverage or find plans that meet their health and financial needs.

In order to enroll, individuals must bring the following items:

  • An active email address and password
  • Birth dates and social security numbers for everyone in household
  • 2016 projected income
  • Tax information (W-2, 2014 tax return, pay stubs, self-employment records)
  • Immigration documents
  • Any info about employer offered coverage

If you have any questions, please call 913-826-1239 or 913-826-1974 to speak to a health navigator.

Property tax statements mailed to Johnson County taxpayers

If you own property in Johnson County, you will soon receive your annual tax statement, if you haven’t already. The first half of your real estate and personal property taxes are due on or before Monday, December 21, 2015, and the second half of your taxes are due on or before Tuesday, May 10, 2016. You’ll find information on how to pay your tax bill here.

Some property owners will notice that their taxes were affected by mill levy increases for Johnson County (1.8 mills), Johnson County Library (.75) and Johnson County Park & Recreation District (.75) taxing districts. For the first time in a decade, the Board of County Commissioners increased the mill levy for the 2016 budget to help maintain and improve county services. We have information about the increase available in this FAQ.

It’s important to note that property values in Johnson County increased 5.9% which also accounts for some of the tax increases. Additionally, changes in other taxing districts may also affect your overall property tax bill.

2015 Property Tax Statements Due by December 21, 2015

The Johnson County Treasury and Financial Management department has mailed 199,635 real estate and 22,054 personal property tax statements to Johnson County taxpayers. The first half real estate and personal property taxes are due on or before Monday, December 21, 2015, and the second half taxes are due on or before Tuesday, May 10, 2016. The real estate tax statement contains a comparison section between this year’s and last year’s tax breakdown. If the taxes are paid by the mortgage company, the statement will say “THIS IS NOT A TAX BILL” at the bottom. For those taxpayers that pay their statements directly, there will be a return payment stub at the bottom of the statement

Taxpayers have several convenient options to pay their taxes:

  • Online - Through our website, www.jocogov.org, tax payments may be submitted electronically using our eCheck option for only $1 per transaction, or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Discover) for a 2.4% fee per transaction.
  • By Mail – Taxpayers can mail a check along with the payment stub to PO Box 2902, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201.
  • In Person - Taxpayers can make a payment at our office location, 111 S. Cherry Street, Suite 1500 in Olathe. Forms of payment accepted at our office include cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card (payment by credit/debit card includes an additional 2.4% service fee).

There are many other services on our website that may be helpful this tax season. Taxpayers may view an electronic version of their tax statement and print off tax receipts once their payment has been processed. They may also find important Tax Forms and get many questions answered through our Frequent Questions page.

Some property owners will note that their taxes were affected by mill levy increases for Johnson County (1.8 mills), Johnson County Library (.75) and Johnson County Park & Recreation District (.75) taxing districts. For the first time in a decade, the Board of County Commissioners increased the mill levy for the 2016 budget to help maintain and improve county services. We have information about the increase available in this FAQ.

It’s important to note that property values in Johnson County increased 5.9% which also accounts for some of the tax increases.  Additionally, changes in other taxing districts may also affect the overall property tax bill.

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