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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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JoCo on the Go: JoCo 2020 budget
September 12, 2019

During our third JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re taking a closer look at the county’s 2020 budget. This episode includes a conversation with Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert and Johnson County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson. They provide details of how budget decisions are made and the impact of those decisions, such as adding additional staff to promote public safety. We take a closer look at how the county addresses unexpected expenses and talk about what impact the economy has on the budget process.

JoCo on the Go is now available on Apple and Google Play. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this new podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode at jocogov.org/podcast.

Consider adding NotifyJoCo to your Back to School list
August 16, 2019

Register for NotifyJoCo

NotifyJoCo is a free mass notification system designed to keep Johnson County residents informed of emergencies and certain non-emergency events.

You’re BUSY – This service will help you keep track of what’s going on near your home, your workplace, your children’s school and daycare, and more. Customize your locations and contact preferences to get alerts at home, at work, by phone, email or text. 

Register now to customize your personal information. When your contact information or preferences change, don’t forget to log in and update them.

Hot job opportunity for those who like to work with children
August 17, 2019

The Johnson County Park & Recreation District is looking for energetic, fun and caring individuals who like working with elementary school-aged children. JCPRD is hiring before and after school positions (Monday through Friday) for the Olathe School District’s “Olathe Out of School Time” program. 

Before school hours are typically from 7 – 8:30 a.m., and after school hours are from 3 – 6 p.m. These are great jobs for high school and college-aged students, as well as stay-at-home parents, retirees, or others interested in a partial work day.

If you are interested, please see this flyer for more information, or share with someone who you think may be interested. Thanks for your help in helping JCPRD fill these important jobs!

 

Johnson County celebrates milestone in courthouse construction
August 14, 2019

The structure has been completed for the new Johnson County Courthouse under construction in downtown Olathe.

On Tuesday, Aug. 13, a “topping out” ceremony at the construction site raised the last steel beam 228 feet to the courthouse’s highest point in its structural framing. The time-honored tradition signals the completion of a high-rise building’s structural framing.

The event was attended by officials from Johnson County Government; city of Olathe; JE Dunn Construction, builder of the new seven-story courthouse; and other dignitaries.

“It’s hard to believe that just 13 months ago this construction site was not much more than a large hole in the ground,” Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, said. A groundbreaking ceremony at the construction site took place July 12, 2018.

In keeping with a “topping out” tradition, the final 12-foot, 240-pound beam had a small evergreen tree, known as the construction “Christmas tree,” at one end and an American flag at the opposite end. The tree signifies the safe completion of the framing of the structure, and a wish for continued good luck for the future of the building project. In addition, the event allows an opportunity to publicly thank the more than 200 construction workers for their hard work.

The milestone beam, which was painted white, featured scores of signatures, including elected leaders, county management, community leaders and other dignitaries along with the project design team and many of the construction workers.

“This ceremony is just that – a symbolic ceremony – but it’s a significant milestone in building the county’s new courthouse,” Chairman Eilert said. “It’s also very important to again thank Johnson County voters. They are the ones who approved the public safety sales tax to provide the funding for construction of this much-needed courthouse.”

Other speakers at the celebration included Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland and Ben Vanderau and Dan Kanzler representing JE Dunn Construction.

A barbecue lunch for attendees and construction workers along with short tours of the construction site ended the “topping out” event.

When it opens in early 2021, the new courthouse, with 28 courtrooms and approximately 350,000 square feet of space, is expected to address the county’s criminal justice needs for the next 75 years as Johnson County continues to grow.

“Placing the final steel beam also confirms Johnson County’s commitment to keeping this vital project on schedule and on budget,” Chairman Eilert said. “The new courthouse will not only be highly functional, accessible, safe and secure. It will become a stunning new Johnson County landmark to serve as a beacon of justice for generations to come.”

 

Johnson County Courthouse Topping Out Ceremony

Keep kids healthy as they head back to school, JoCo on the Go
September 9, 2019

During our second JoCo on the Go podcast episode, we’re taking a closer look at how to keep children healthy, both mentally and physically, throughout the school year. Episode guests include Johnson County Health and Environment (DHE) WIC Program Manager Laura Grimmett, DHE Health Services Division Director Nancy Tausz and Mental Health Team Leader Renee Van Meter. They provide valuable information for parents about helping children eat nutritious meals and snacks on a budget. They also share the very latest on new vaccination requirements. You’ll learn about anxiety in children and hear from an area student about the importance of building a strong peer support system.

JoCo on the Go is now available on Apple and Google Play. Just search for the podcast by name and subscribe. Learn more about this new podcast and get a complete transcript of each episode at jocogov.org/podcast.

Johnson County adopts FY 2020 Budget with constant mill levy
August 18, 2019

On August 8, 2019, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) adopted a $1.26 billion budget for next year with a constant mill levy.

The BOCC approved the county’s FY 2020 Budget with an estimated mill levy of 26.013 mills, the same as the existing mill levy. This includes an estimated mill levy of 19.024 for the County Taxing District, 3.901 mills for the Johnson County Library taxing district and 3.088 mills for the Johnson County Park & Recreation District taxing district. One mill equals $1 on every $1,000 of a homeowner’s assessed valuation.

The calculations are only for Johnson County Government and do not include other taxing entities, such as the state of Kansas, cities/townships, school districts or special assessments/special districts. The County Taxing District portion of an annual tax bill is approximately 15%.

The final setting of the mill levy for the next fiscal year will be established by the end of October with the final property valuations by the Johnson County Department of Records and Tax Administration.

On average, residential property owners will pay $987 in county property taxes for 2020— about $82 per month, based on the average home value in the county, approximately $330,000.

See this press release for further information.

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