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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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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.

Two opportunities for fun at Ernie Miller Nature Center

Looking for family-friendly weekend fun? Ernie Miller Nature Center's got you covered with two events on Saturday that are sure to delight the entire family. Both events will take place indoors at Ernie Miller Nature Center (909 N. K-7 Highway, Olathe, KS 66061) and advanced registration is not necessary.

Tellebration 2015 | 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Want to hear a good story? Come celebrate the International Day of Storytelling at the Ernie Miller Nature Center. Hear nature stories with live animals. These stories will combine themes of environmental awareness and ancient myths. They will delight audiences of all ages. This enriching event is just $3 per person, including adults and is paid at the site. 

Ernie Miller Nature Center’s 30th Birthday | 1:00–4:00 p.m.

For 30 years, Ernie Miller Nature Center has been a place for the young and young-at-heart to make memories, enjoy nature and have fun. Whether you’ve been frequenting the facility for years or have never visited, you’re invited to help celebrate this milestone. The festivities will include stories, animal presentations, guided nature walks, a memory wall, crafts and so much more. 

For more information about either event, call the center at 913-764-7759.

November 19 is World Toilet Day

Today is World Toilet Day and while it may sound like a humorous occasion, it’s no joke. This is actually serious – deadly serious. November 19 is a day that has been set aside to recognize that not everyone has access to toilets or good sanitation, which in 2013 lead to 1,000 children dying each day from diarrheal diseases related to poor sanitation. Did you know that toilets and sanitation are considered a human right? In 2010, the UN General Assembly recognized sanitation and water as a human right, essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights. Yet, one third of the world’s population still lacks access to adequate sanitation. An estimated 2.4 billion people worldwide (about one in three) lack access to a facility that at least separates human excrement from human contact. More than a billion relieve themselves on the ground or into open bodies of water. The amount of germs in human feces is staggering. In one gram of human waste, there are 1 million bacteria, 10 million viruses, 100 worm eggs, 1,000 parasite cysts and 50 infectious diseases. An estimated 1.8 billion people use drinking water that contains fecal matter. Contaminated water can transmit diseases such as cholera, dysentery and typhoid. Those who are interested in more information, including how you can support the work of the World Toilet Organization may visit worldtoilet.org. They are currently working on sanitation projects in Cambodia, India, and Mozambique. This short video, Where You Go Matters, offers further insight into this problem.


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Better Together Concert Benefits Local Food Pantries

Better Together Food Drive & Concert 

Better Together is a committee compiled of six churches of different denominations in the Shawnee Mission area that come together to perform services for those in need in our community.
Annually the collaborative effort produces the  "Better Together Concert" held each fall, in which musical ministries from the participating denominations gather to perform a musical benefit concert.  There is no admission charged for the concert, but a free-will offering of a small bag of groceries or hygiene products is requested to benefit one of the local food pantries in the area. Johnson County Multi-Services Centers are the beneficiaries of the concert. 

Enjoy an evening of music by a children's choir, a praise band, a bell choir, individual choirs, and a series of dramatic readings. 

WHEN: Friday November 6th, 2015 at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 13615 W. 92nd St, Lenexa, KS 66215

All community members are invited to attend. 

For more information about this event, please visit here.

For additional information about the Multi-Service Centers and how you can host a food drive to help the community, please contact Brandy Hodge, Community Relations Manager at 913.715.8866 or Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org 


Thanksgiving in a Box - Food Drive

This fall as we prepare to celebrate the holidays with our families & friends many of our neighbors struggle to place food on the table. The holidays are extra stressful times as our utility bills often double and for those celebrating winter holidays – presents also bring stress to families in need. That’s where YOU can help!

Individuals or groups can collect items so that our families in need have the resources to put a good hearty meal on the table. You can start by collecting items for a Thanksgiving meal. We call this food drive – Thanksgiving in a Box – where you collect everything but the frozen turkey. Items such as: box potatoes, box rice, box stuffing, macaroni & cheese, canned yams, canned/packaged gravy, box baking items such as cake mixes or brownies, or canned fruit such as cranberries or applesauce. 

We have seven outreach centers in Johnson County – Blue Valley, Gardner/Edgerton, Olathe, North Central (Lenexa), North East (Mission), North West (Shawnee), and Spring Hill. Our outreach centers serve residents who meet 200% or below the poverty guidelines and assist residents with case management, utility assistance, food pantry, and more . Please call 913.715.8866  to schedule a time to drop off your items prior to Monday November 23rd, 2015. 

Students needing services hours may recieve five hours of service per 50 items collected. 

Please contact Brandy Hodge for any additional questions at 913.715.8866 or Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org 

Thank you for helping Human Services provide a safety net to those in the community who need it most. 


UPDATE – Concepts for Downtown Transit Service

Thank you to the riders who have sent us comments. The information that we distributed was only a conceptual proposal designed to receive feedback. We are now in the process of reviewing the comments and will not be making any changes to Johnson County routes in January 2016. The feedback is very useful and will be considered before any future concepts for downtown route changes are developed. Please be assured that if concepts for changing routes downtown are developed in the future,  that riders will again be invited to comment on these early in the planning process.

A plan for realigning Johnson County routes in downtown has been drafted. We are asking riders and the public for feedback. The plan’s goals are:

  • Make the downtown portion of the routes easier to understand for current and prospective riders.
  • Provide better connections to KCATA service along 12th Street and Grand Boulevard.
  • Maintain connections to upcoming KC Streetcar service on Main Street.
  • Create more evenly spaced schedules, with trips timed every 30 or 60 minutes during peak hours and coordinated to better match typical work start and end times.


Housing Choice Voucher Program waiting list opens Thursday

The Johnson County Housing Authority (JCHA) is opening the Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting List on Thursday, Oct. 1, to new applications. The waiting list will be closed the following day, Friday, Oct. 2, or when 900 appointments are received for the program-- whichever comes first.

The Johnson County Housing Authority administers Section 8 applications for the cities of De Soto, Edgerton, Gardner, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Spring Hill, Westwood, Leawood, Fairway, and Stilwell. The JCHA does not serve residents in the city of Olathe which has its own Housing Authority program and application process.

Appointments to complete an application with the Johnson County Housing Authority can be made from Oct. 1-2 by calling 913-227-0509 between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. No walk-in appointments will be scheduled. Persons requiring special accommodations are asked to call 913-715-6600. Hearing impaired persons should call 913-715-6633. The JCHA will need 48 to 72 hours to arrange special accommodations.

The Section 8 Voucher Program, with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), provides rental assistance to very low and extremely low income families, allowing them to locate decent, safe housing while maintaining their rental payments at an affordable level. Eligibility is based on household income. For example, the maximum income level for one-person households is $25,700; two-person, $29,350; and four-person, $33,000. The program also offers an incentive to private property owners to rent to low income families by offering timely, consistent subsidy payments, yearly inspections, and mediation.

In order to determine a household’s eligibility for the program, residents must complete an application, be called from the waiting list for an interview, and provide the Johnson County Housing Authority with all necessary documentation. When the household satisfactorily meets all eligibility criteria, including a criminal history background check, they will receive a voucher. The JCHA must also inspect the unit to ensure it passes the minimum safety standards set by HUD.

The office of the Johnson County Housing Authority is located at 12425 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa. The JCHA is part of the Johnson County Department of Human Services.

Are you prepared for a disaster?

September is National Preparedness Month. It’s a great time for Johnson County residents to prepare their homes and business for any type of disaster.

Johnson County Emergency Management and Communication serves as the county’s designated disaster response agency. Their section of our web site is stocked with information and resources on how to prepare for a disaster. You may also want to visit www.joco72.org, a virtual hub for emergency preparedness.

Are you on Periscope yet? Johnson County Emergency Management and Communication has two livestream events coming up this month so make plans to watch.

  • September 11, 10 a.m.: Periscope live tour of the National Weather Service radar facility in Pleasant Hill.
  • September 14, 10 a.m. Periscope live tour of the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center.

Stay up-to-date on Johnson County’s National Preparedness Month activities on Twitter at @JoCo_Emergency

Upcoming Events

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December 3, 2015 | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Community Corrections Advisory Board Meeting

December 5, 2015 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A Country School Christmas at Lanesfield School

December 17, 2015 | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Human Services Volunteer Orientation