On Thursday, Aug. 20, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners adopted the FY 2021 budget that starts Jan. 1, 2021. The board authorized a .25 mill levy reduction to the proposed budget for the County Taxing District. The BOCC approved the FY 2021 budgets for the Johnson County Library and the Johnson County Park & Recreation District as proposed in the County Manager’s budget. The mill levy reduction equates to approximately $2.8 million and will come from reserves in 2021.
The new budget totals almost $1.25 billion, slightly less than the current budget, with an estimated mill levy of 25.600 mills. Due to COVID-19, the processing of pending exemptions in appraised valuations has been delayed with expectations that the assessed valuations will decrease by November which could cause an increase to the mill levy to approximately 25.780 mills. The end result will be an estimated .25 mill levy reduction from the county’s current mill levy. One mill equals $1 on every $1,000 of a homeowner’s assessed valuation.
By state law, the board must adopt the new budget each year by Aug. 25.
Budgeted expenditures in the FY 2021 budget total approximately $930.0 million with reserves of $315.5 million. The funding supports the departments and agencies that comprise Johnson County Government to serve and protect a county population of more than 615,000 residents.
The budget has earmarked $150.8 million in the 2021 Capital Improvement Program, including:
A total of 4,105 FTE (full-time equivalent) employees is included in the FY 2021 Budget. The county unfunded 69 positions in the County Taxing District in the 2021 budget.
The amount of county taxes (estimated 25.600 mills) on an average $346,000 residential property will be about $1,019, or approximately $84.92 per month. That is an average monthly property tax increase of $2.67 in 2021.
The final setting of the FY 2021 mill levy will be established by the end of October with the latest property valuations by the Department of Records and Tax Administration. The mill levy calculations are only for Johnson County Government and do not include other taxing entities, such as the state of Kansas, cities or school districts.
In 2020, the county mill levy represents approximately 15.5% of total property taxes in Johnson County. Local school mill levies account for about 40.7% of a total property tax statement with the state mill levy for schools representing another 15.7%. Mill levies for cities and townships represent approximately 16.1% of local property tax distribution.
Details about the FY 2021 Budget are available online at jocogov.org.