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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.

Resident News

New $5 fee to be charged at Motor Vehicle in 2017

Effective January 1, 2017 Johnson County will be charging an additional fee of $5 on title and registration, specialty and personalized plate and update registration transactions at our motor vehicle offices.  County Treasurers are authorized to charge this fee per K.S.A. 8-145d.  Revenue generated from the additional fee will help to reduce the burden of ad valorem tax support needed to fund the motor vehicle operation at its current service level.  In 2015, Johnson County approved charging a $5 fee on in-person registration renewals only.  This latest change in policy expands the fee to additional transaction types. 

2016 Property Tax Statements Due by December 20, 2016

The Johnson County Treasury and Financial Management department has begun mailing 200,694 real estate and 20,874 personal property tax statements to Johnson County taxpayers. The first half real estate and personal property taxes are due on or before Tuesday, December 20, 2016, and the second half taxes are due on or before Wednesday, May 10, 2017. 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% service 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.

Fall Kids Book Sale starts

Starting Thursday, Nov. 17, the Friends of Johnson County Library launches its BIG Fall Kids Book Sale. A ginormous selection of children’s books will be available for purchase, including board books, picture books, chapter books, teen/young adult and more.

The sale takes place in the Carmack Community Room at the Central Resource Library during these times:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 16: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 17: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 18:  9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 19:  9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Friends of the Johnson County Library accept cash, MasterCard, Visa and Discover as payment.

Annual Emergency Operations Center Exercise

On Wednesday, Johnson County Emergency Management activated the county Emergency Operations Center, or EOC, to support the annual EOC exercise. This years exercise saw over 80 people participate from the EOC helping to simulate the response to a fictional terrorist attack in Johnson County. The exercise ran for a little over 8 hours.

To find out how you can become better prepared visit www.joco72.org andnotifyjoco.org

Joint EOC/National Weather Service Exercise

EOC PicturesOn the morning of July 26th,​ we participated in a joint exercise with the National Weather Service testing our severe weather preparedness, communications, and documentation procedures. It was a great opportunity to keep our skills sharp and interact with vital partners of the Integrated Warning Team. We operated both our primary and alternate EOC simultaneously and independently, while coordinating with the NWS. While there were some lessons learned, both EOC's completed all tasks of the exercise without challenges. Great work!

2015 Second Half Property Tax Statements Due May 10, 2016

The Johnson County Treasury and Financial Management department has mailed 52,176 real estate and 2,371 personal property tax statements to Johnson County taxpayers. The second half real estate and personal property taxes are due on or before Tuesday, May 10, 2016.  

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.

Threat of severe weather today

The National Weather Service has predicted two rounds of storms will impact the KC metro today including Johnson County. Our Emergency Management team is keeping an eye on the sky today, and you can take several steps to make sure you are ready for severe weather.

 

Share your vision for Monticello Library in Shawnee

Before the blueprints and the concrete, the Johnson County Library wants to know: What do you want at the Monticello Library that's coming to western Shawnee?

Here's a homework assignment. Visit the Central Resource Libraryand have a look around at the renovations. We implemented a lot of ideas from patrons. Should we borrow any of those for the new Monticello Library?

Share your vision online or in-person at the public input session Tuesday, April 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Shawnee Library (6518 Vista Ave, Shawnee, KS 66218).

Emergency Management & Communications names its new director

Ellen Wernicke has been named Director of Johnson County Emergency Management & Communications. Wernicke has served as interim director since the previous director, Walt Way, retired in October 2015. She joined what was then the Johnson County Emergency Communications department in 1998 and except for a brief period in 2000 has been with the department for 18 years. You can learn more about her in our news release.

Update on county's digital imaging project

The Appraiser's Office has a progress update on the county's digital imaging project. As you'll see when you click here, work is wrapping up in the very northeast corner of the county (Roeland Park, Fairway, parts of Mission), and crews are heading west into Merriam and Shawnee.

The county 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.

More information including an FAQ on this project are available here.