Johnson County residents are invited by the Board of County Commissioners to a public hearing on the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, in the board’s meeting room located on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry, in downtown Olathe. Entry into the building will be at the east doors on Cherry Street.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, face masks and physical distancing are required inside the Administration Building. The hearing room has limited seating with additional limited seating in the adjacent lobby with audio available.
Residents wishing to speak during the public hearing will need to sign in by 6:50 p.m. before the meeting begins and will be called upon to speak in the order in which they signed up.
The proposed budget hearing will be live streamed on boccmeetings.jocogov.org and Facebook Live for those unable to attend in person.
“You can learn more about the proposed 2021 budget and the county services supported by the budget by going to the county’s website, jocogov.org,” said Chairman Ed Eilert. “We will review the comments from the public hearing at our Aug. 13 meeting with final adoption on August 20. At that time we can reduce the budget but we cannot increase it.”
The board authorized legal publication on July 31 of the proposed FY 2021 maximum budget, totaling almost $1.25 billion with a published estimated mill levy of 25.850 mills. Due to COVID-19, the processing of pending exemptions in appraised valuations has been delayed. The county anticipates the assessed valuations will decrease by November, which could cause an increase to the mill levy to approximately 26.030 mills, which is the county’s current mill levy.
By state law, Kansas counties must adopt and file their FY 2021 Budget with the county clerk, which in Johnson County is the Department of Records and Tax Administration, by Aug. 25.
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.
More information is available online at jocogov.org.