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Phone: 913-715-0725

111 S Cherry, Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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The County Manager's Office is responsible to the Board of County Commissioners and the residents of Johnson County for the effective and efficient delivery of programs and services, using sound management and financial principles while emphasizing high ethical values, innovation, and continuous improvement.

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As real estate market booms, appraised values slated to go up
January 19, 2018

Home buyers looking for a residence in Johnson County are finding only a two-month supply.  The market trend for homes under $350,000 have the least amount of supply.

This strong demand means residential property values are continuingcontinue to rise, and most residents’ appraised values are expected to go up again in 2018.  

The County Appraiser's responsibility is to value property at fair market value — the price it would bring on an open, competitive market. Sales activity is reviewed to arrive at the value.

In August 2017, the Appraiser’s Office formed the Residential Reappraisal Advisory Committee, composed of realtors, lenders and fee appraisers, to advise the county of current residential market trends. This past year, 95 percent of residential real estate values increased.  The areas with the greatest increase were in De Soto, Gardner, Lake Quivira, Lenexa, Mission Hills, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Shawnee and Spring Hill.

By March 1, residents will receive a Notice of Appraised Value. Homeowners have 30 days to file an appeal to provide additional information, ask questions and discuss concerns.

The County Appraiser’s staff makes the appraisal process transparent by publishing data used to determine home values at jocogov.org/appraiser.

January is National Radon Action Month
January 17, 2018

You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home.

Radon levels in Johnson County test above the EPA’s radon action level. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America — 200 new cases in Kansas per year. The EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.

Do-it-Yourself radon test kits are available for sale from the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office. The fee is $8 each.

Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas produced by the decay of natural radioactive materials found in the soil. It’s a naturally occurring environmental hazard that seeps into homes and other buildings through joints or cracks in the foundation. Extension urges residences to test their homes to ensure they are safe.

Radon kits may be purchased in person at the Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1500, Olathe. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is not able to mail or ship test kits.

 For more information, call 913-715-7000 or visit www.johnson.k-state.edu.

 

Eilert receives local award, honors King legacy
January 16, 2018

On Monday, Jan. 15, Board of County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert received the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award as presented by the Leawood, Olathe and Overland Park chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The legacy award, presented at the NAACP’s 14th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Dinner, recognizes Eilert’s career of public service in Johnson County.

Eilert made brief remarks, recognizing the legacy of King on the evening of the civil rights leader’s holiday and birthday. He complimented local students who had read their “From the Mountain Top” essays and remarked on the county’s progress toward a more diverse community for all its residents. He encouraged the attendees and others to visit the county’s Arts & Heritage Center (8788 Metcalf, Ave., Overland Park), to see the “Hidden Stories of Johnson County’s African American Community,” a digital, multi-media exhibit in the building’s common exhibit space that is showing through Feb. 28. Eilert recalled stories of local African Americans who are highlighted in the exhibit and their contributions to the community.

In closing, Eilert stated that there are so many well know quotes by King, but one that resonates with him, in a timeless way is “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Two county services canceled today because of weather
January 16, 2018

Johnson County Meals on Wheels deliveries for Tuesday, Jan. 16, have been canceled because of brutal temperatures in the metropolitan area.

Residents who receive Meals on Wheels are asked to use meals previously provided to them today. Catch-a-Ride services have also been suspended for today.

For more information, contact Johnson County Human Services at 913-715-8859 or email Brandy.Hodge@jocogov.org.

County offices closed on Jan. 15
January 14, 2018

Johnson County offices, libraries, courts and park offices will be closed in on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in observance of the federal Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

County offices and services will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Johnson County District Court Closure
January 11, 2018

Today, Jan. 11, the Johnson County District Court will close at 3 p.m.

Due to inclement weather, the court, located at 100 North Kansas Avenue, Olathe KS 66061 will close today at 3 p.m. The closure includes court proceedings, clerk operations and court services. Individual court divisions will reschedule any proceedings originally scheduled after 3 p.m.

Court information and payments are available 24 hours a day at courts.jocogov.org.