Why I voted ‘Yes’

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

I know there are people urging Olatheans to vote against the sales tax increase to improve roads. Although I think Olatheans, as well as Americans in general, are being taxed too much, I voted YES on this mail-in ballot for two simple reasons: 1. With a sales tax people from other communities throughout the county, people from other states who are here and spend money, help pay for the street improvements; and 2. If the sales tax issue does not pass, I believe the city council, at some point in the near future will raise the city’s mill levy to pay for the improvements thus putting the entire financial burden on Olatheans alone.

No tax hike in county’s 2014 budget

Budget funds two library projects, including first phase for future library

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners recently adopted an $837.4 million spending plan for next year that does not raise taxes.

The Board approved the county’s FY 2014 Budget with an estimated mill levy set at 23.210 mills, the same as the existing mill levy, which is the lowest among the 105 counties in Kansas. The county has maintained a constant mill levy since 2007.  One mill equals $1 on every $1,000 of a homeowner’s assessed valuation.

The new budget lists estimated expenditures at approximately $664.6 million and $172.8 million in reserves to fund 29 departments and five agencies that comprise Johnson County Government. By state statute, the county’s new budget must be approved and filed with the County Clerk by Aug. 25. Continue reading

Public hearing on county budget set for July 29

The  public hearing on the Johnson County’s proposed FY 2014 Budget is scheduled on 7 p.m. Monday, July 29, in the hearing room of the Board of County Commissioners.

The hearing room is located on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, in downtown Olathe. The hearing will provide an opportunity for Johnson County citizens to learn more about the proposed budget and comment on how county services are financed.

The Board of County Commissioners has set the Proposed FY 2014 Operating and Capital Improvement Budget at approximately $842.8 million with an estimated constant mill levy of 23.210 mills, which traditionally has been the lowest mill levy among the 105 counties in Kansas. The county has maintained a constant mill levy since 2007 when the mill levy was 23.199.  One mill equals $1 on every $1,000 of a homeowner’s assessed valuation.

The Board’s proposed FY 2014 Budget includes estimated expenditures of $670.0 million and anticipated reserves of $172.8 million.

The public hearing will be broadcast live on the county’s website at www.jocogov.org by a link under “County Government. The broadcast also airs on Comcast Channel 7 in Olathe, Time Warner Channel 2, and AT&T Channel 99.

The Board is scheduled to approve the new budget on Thursday, August 8, during its business session that begins at 9:30 a.m. in the hearing room. By state law, the county must adopt the FY 2014 Budget by August 25.

The final setting of the mill levy for the FY 2014 fiscal year, which begins on January 1, will be established by the end of October with the final property valuations by the Johnson County Department of Records and Tax Administration.


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