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111 S. Cherry St., Suite 3300, Olathe, KS 66061

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Make time for mental health this holiday season
December 23, 2019

“When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude,” said writer and poet, G.K. Chesterton. During the holidays it can be hard to keep things in perspective when there is so much to do. Here are a few tips and tricks for combatting holiday stress and anxiety.

Plan ahead. Schedule out when you’ll do your shopping and preparation. Brenda Rump, clinician at Johnson County Mental Health Center, adds, “On Sunday, give yourself a couple of hours to map out the week. Include when you are going to exercise, shop, cook, etc. Keep those appointments and remember to have fun!”

Don’t abandon healthy habits. According to the Mayo Clinic, when you overindulge, it only adds to your stress and guilt. Try to incorporate good habits into your holiday activities: have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks; get plenty of sleep; and make time for regular physical activity each day.

Take a breather. Fifteen minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle your to-do list. Reduce stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm. Taking a walk, listening to soothing music, getting a massage and reading a book are all great relaxing activities.

Show gratitude. According to Amy Morin in Psychology Today, showing gratitude reduces toxic emotions such as envy, resentment and even aggression. It can also reduce stress and enhance a person’s empathy. Plus, it will get you in the Thanksgiving spirit!

It’s important to take care of yourself during the holidays. Seek out the help you need from those you confide in or a mental health professional. When you take care of yourself, you are more likely to show appreciation and return kindness to others. Isn’t that what the holidays are all about?

These and more resources on stress management are available on the Mayo Clinic website at mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle.

BY KEITH DAVENPORT & KRISTEN REESE

This article appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of JoCo Magazine, the quarterly magazine about Johnson County Government. For more content about and for Johnson County residents, visit jocogov.org/jocomag. 

Check out your checks from Johnson County Government
December 20, 2019

Do you have a check from Johnson County that’s more than two years old? You may want to cash or deposit it sooner rather than later.

At its meeting Thursday, Dec. 19, the Board of County Commissioners authorized the cancellation of outstanding county-issued checks that are at least two years old.

The checks will be cancelled as of Dec. 31, 2019. The cancellation of these checks does not eliminate the county’s underlying liability to the payee, but instead follows a best business practice of clearing outstanding checks from the county’s bank account. If a payee presents a claim (with proper documentation of the debt) for a cancelled check, payment will be reissued to the payee.

Kansas state statue allows the Board of County Commissioners to authorize the cancellation of outstanding county-issued checks that are at least two years old.

Approximately 790 county-issued checks totaling $38,226, and one Johnson County Park & Recreation District check totaling $133.50, were issued more than two years ago and have never been cashed or deposited. More than 88% of the uncashed checks are $100 or less.

“For all checks worth more than $100, staff has attempted to contact payees,” said Brent Christensen, Deputy Director of Treasury & Financial Management. “Additionally, we will publish the list of checks in the Olathe News the week of Dec. 23 and will post them on the front page of the County’s website on Dec. 20.”

Review the stale check list. You can apply for a duplicate check if you believe the county still owes you the money.

 

2019 Property Tax Statements due today, Dec. 20
December 20, 2019

The Johnson County Treasury and Financial Management Department mailed 206,510 real estate and 18,070 personal property tax statements to Johnson County taxpayers.

The first half real estate and personal property taxes are due on or before Friday, Dec. 20, and the second half taxes are due on or before Monday, May 11, 2020. 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 a mortgage company, the statement will say “THIS IS NOT A TAX BILL” at the bottom. For those taxpayers who pay their statements directly, there will be a return payment stub at the bottom of the statement

Please note that the 'SCH CAPITAL OUTLAY' taxes levied by your local school district are no longer showing in 2019 as a separate taxing authority record on your tax statement.  These funds will now be included in your school district’s ‘UNIFIED’ funds.  These changes were made for reporting purposes only.

Taxpayers have several convenient options to pay their taxes:

  • Online - Through the website, taxbill.jocogov.org, tax payments may be submitted electronically using the eCheck option for only $0.50 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 the office location, 111 S. Cherry St., Suite 1500 in Olathe. Forms of payment accepted at the office include cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card (payment by credit/debit card includes an additional 2.4% service fee).

“We encourage taxpayers to pay online or by mail for fast and efficient payment processing,” Baldwin said. “Our goal is to simplify the payment process for Johnson County residents. Online payment from a checking account is less than the price of a stamp.”

There are many other services online 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 find the answers to many questions through the Frequent Questions page.

JoCo Veterans Treatment Court celebrates three graduates
December 19, 2019

On Wednesday, Dec. 18, three men graduated from the Johnson County Veterans Treatment Court program, after successfully completing comprehensive mental health and/or substance abuse treatment, a series of court appearances, drug and alcohol testing, recovery support meetings and working closely with mentors who are also veterans.

The graduates of the program were veterans of the Navy and Army Reserves, Air Force and Marines. 

One of the graduates of the program, Charles Doster, shared how when he first came to Veterans Treatment Court, he was moved by the love.

“You could feel it in your heart,” Doster said. “A lot of vets have been through so much. So much you wouldn’t believe. But they came and they are here (Veterans Treatment Court). And they feel that in their heart.” 

The mission of the Veterans Treatment Court is to identify veterans in the criminal justice system and, when eligible, get them into treatment and court supervision as an alternative to incarceration. Veterans voluntarily participate in the 12- to 18-month program.

You can listen to a JoCo on the Go podcast episode about Veterans Treatment Court released in mid-September.

Veterans who are struggling to get help can reach out to their local Veterans Administration or other services, such as Johnson County Mental Health for support. Mental health emergency services are available by calling 913-268-0156, or the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (or text to 838255). 

Time running out to weigh in on County Square concepts
December 19, 2019

Time is running out to take an online survey about the county’s concepts for the Johnson County Square.

The county is building a new courthouse. When they demolish the old one, the space left is going to be known as the Johnson County Square.

The county and a steering committee are coming up with ideas for how to use the County Square. They want you to weigh in via an online survey about the concepts they’ve created.

The survey closes at 11:59 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, so take the survey today!

Customers can now pay Wastewater bills by phone using credit card
December 18, 2019

Johnson County Wastewater customers can now pay their wastewater bills over the phone using a credit card.

JCW started offering the new payment option on Dec. 6. To pay with a credit card by phone, call 913-715-8590 and select the credit card option (number 4) on the phone menu.

Also, customers may still pay using the following methods:

  • Online
  • Direct debit
  • Check by phone
  • Drive by drop box
  • Mail
  • In person

Visit Johnson County's Wastewater's payment page for more options.

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