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The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is responsible for enacting legislation, levying and appropriating taxes and setting budgets, and Johnson County residents are strongly encouraged to engage with county government and have their voices heard. Weekly BOCC meetings are open to the public and streamed online. Many of our departments and agencies have advisory boards that depend on citizen participation. Johnson County residents who are registered to vote elect the BOCC members, District Attorney and Sheriff, so the more you know, the more empowered your vote. This is a great place to get educated and start engaging.

Government News

BOCC update

Here is a recap of the Board of County Commissioners meeting this week and a look ahead to next week. More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

BOCC actions for the week of August 12, 2019

The BOCC voted to authorize the following items:

Planning and zoning items:

  • Request from Joe Effertz, applicant, and Douglas Scott Donaghue, Leah N. Donaghue, C7 Enterprises, L.L.C., P. Brian Miller, Randall I. Root, and Rebecca Hanrahan Trust, landowners, for Final Plat approval for a condominium replat to be known as Stonegate Motorplaza, Third Plat, in Section 7, Township 15, Range 25, Johnson County, Kansas, located at 7800 W. 207th Street, #201- 208.
  • Request from Timothy B. Wiswell, applicant, and Hugh A. and Robin J. Wiswell Revocable Trust, landowner, for Preliminary and Final Plat for 6 residential lots, to be known as Wolf Creek Valley, on approximately 69 acres, on property zoned RUR, Rural District, located on the north side of 191st Street, west of Renner Road.

A look ahead for the week of Aug. 19:

Below is a look at the BOCC calendar for next week. Details on the meetings are available at https://www.jocogov.org/calendar-created/month?field_event_type_tid=4224.

BOCC week of Aug. 12 calendar


These are the current items on the Aug. 22, 2019 BOCC agenda.


  • Consider authorizing a Use Agreement with the Johnson County Park and Recreation District (JCPRD) at the County Operations Facility located at 19310 W 159th Street, Olathe, KS-66062, to facilitate the administration of an out of school youth program for Olathe Public Schools (USD 233).
  • Consider authorizing a contract with Lincoln Financial Group (LFG), for Group Life Insurance and Administer the County’s Self Funded Sick Disability Pay Plan, at an annual cost to the County not to exceed $254,108 with a total estimated annual cost of $1,128,428 for a period of three years, with the option to renew for two additional one-year periods.
  • Consider authorizing a contract renewal with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (BlueKC) to furnish Group Health Administration and Stop Loss Coverage for the 2020 calendar year with an estimated annual administration cost not to exceed $5,800,000 and authorize the 2020 medical plan design changes, the wellness strategy extension, and the 2020 employee contribution rate structure recommended by the Health Care Fund Management Team (HCFMT).
Final day of budget proposal presentations

On Thursday, May 30, the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), as a Committee of the Whole, will review budget proposals for FY 2020 from representatives from departments and agencies providing infrastructure services to the county, as well as outside agencies that receive county funding.

From 11 a.m. to noon, the BOCC is scheduled to hear proposed budgets from Planning/Contractor Licensing, Transportation, Airport, Public Works and Stormwater Management.

Afternoon presentations scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. include the Arts Council of Johnson County, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension, the Johnson County Fair, Soil Conservation, United Community Services, County Economic Research Institute, Enterprise Center of Johnson County and then will wrap up infrastructure with Johnson County Wastewater.

All budget presentations and deliberations are open to the public and take place at the Board’s Hearing Room on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe. They are also streamed live and available from a link on the Johnson County website, jocogov.org.

The proposed FY 2020 Budget maintains a constant mill levy for Johnson County property owners and totals $1.26 billion, with expenditures estimated at $934.5 million, and reserves set at $331.4 million. The funding supports the departments and agencies that comprise Johnson County Government to serve and protect a county population of more than 604,000 residents. More information is available in this news release. Information and presentations on the proposed budget are available here.

BOCC changes to new legislative management tool

The public has a new web link to view BOCC meetings online and access meeting agendas, minutes and other documents.  Johnson County has switched from the SIRE Technologies platform to OnBase by Hyland. Beginning May 23, all BOCC meeting information can be accessed at boccmeetings.jocogov.org. More information is available in this news release.

BOCC adopts its 2019-2020 priorities

After several months of work, study and discussion, today the Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted its 2019-2020 priorities. The board, along with staff, held a 1 1/2 day retreat in January, followed by discussions at Board of County Commissioner meetings and a March study session.

The BOCC has identified the following top three priorities for 2019-2020:

1.  Complete/advance existing projects approved by voters and the Board of County Commissioners with efficiency and effectiveness.

2. Strengthen and finance the appropriate level of service to meet the needs of the county’s vulnerable populations, pursuing innovative strategies.

3. Develop a creative and innovative vision for a transit plan that is financially sustainable.

In this attached document you can learn more about these priorities as well as other topics identified.

“I want to thank our board, Executive Leadership Team members, the County Manager’s Office and other staff who played a role in the important work that lead to today’s adoption,” said County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson. “I look forward to our collaborative efforts during the next two years on these priorities and the positive impact they will have on the residents we serve.”


Boards and committees assigned for BOCC

Our Board of County Commissioners wear many different hats. One of those hats is serving as liaisons to or members on a variety of boards and committees. Some are related to county government departments and agencies; others are regional boards or committees that work on issues benefiting the metro and the region.

Chairman Ed Eilert has finalized the board and committee assignments for 2019. If you go to the BOCC page and click on each commissioner’s bio, you can access their assignments.

Commissioner Jim Allen has been re-appointed as Vice Chairman of the BOCC for 2019.

Coming to a mailbox near you: new issue of JoCo Magazine

Look for the new issue of JoCo Magazine, a special edition focused entirely on public safety, to hit your mailbox soon if it hasn't already! JoCo Magazine is a printed publication created by Johnson County Government, mailed three times per year to every household in the county. 

The Fall 2016 issue, as well as past issues, can be viewed on the JoCo Magazine page of our website.

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