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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

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

BOCC actions for the week of December 2, 2019

The Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation to recognize December 1-7 as National Influenza Vaccination Week. You can get important tips on preventing and fighting the flu from county and state experts from episode 16 of the JoCo on the Go podcast located at this link or wherever you subscribe to podcasts.

The BOCC voted to authorize the following items:

  • Adopted and authorized land record projects for 2020 for the Automated Information Mapping Systems (AIMS), an operation within the Department of Technology and Innovation and transferring and appropriating Register of Deeds technology funds not designated for use in 2019 in the amount of $38,000 for these projects.
  • (THIS ITEM WAS DEFERRED UNTIL DEC. 12) Consider authorizing the reallocation and expenditure of fund balance (reserves) for FY 2019 for the County General Fund in an amount not to exceed $925,184 to cover unanticipated costs related to jury and legal defense expenses in District Courts Administration, JIMS city licensing fees associated with the NICHE Law Enforcement Record Management System (RMS), and for wellness funding obligations.
  • (This item was voted to be tabled indefinitely on Nov. 14. On Dec. 5, the BOCC voted to put this item on the Dec. 19 Business Session agenda) A contract with VitalCore Health Strategies, LLC, for inmate and offender medical services, at a cost not to exceed $20,508,621.64 for a period of three (3) years with the option to renew for two (2) additional three (3) year periods.
  • Rescinded the appointment of Anthony Taylor to the Criminal Justice Advisory Council.

A look ahead for the week of Dec. 9.

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&date=2019-11

BOCC week of Dec. 9

These are the current items on the Dec. 12, 2019 BOCC agenda:

  • Consider allocating $153,671 of 2020 Johnson County Alcohol Tax Funds as recommended by the Drug and Alcoholism Council of Johnson County, a program of United Community Services of Johnson County (UCS) in its 2020 Alcohol Tax Fund Recommendations Report.
  • Consider allocating $141,775 of 2020 Johnson County Human Service Funds as recommended by United Community Services of Johnson County (UCS) in its 2020 Human Service Fund Recommendations Report.
  • The Human Services Department is requesting that Johnson County work toward becoming a designated “Community for All Ages” (CFAA). The resolution will establish that Johnson County, Kansas desires to work toward becoming a designated Community for All Ages, as set forth by the sponsoring initiative entities.
  • Consider approving the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Johnson County Library and Facilities Department, authorizing the reallocation and expenditure of fund balances (reserves) for FY 2020 in the amount of $2,253,294 in the General Fund for the Facilities Department, and authorize the increased transfer and the associated expenditure authority changes in Johnson County Library in the amount of $2,294,835 to the County General Fund in FY 2020 and to increase the Facilities Department FTE by 20.0 to account for positions transferring from Johnson County Library, and to transfer $41,541 for Fleet maintenance and purchases of Library vehicles.
  • Consider approving the proposed 2020 County Assistance Road System Program expenditures in an amount not to exceed $18,473,000.
  • Consider approving the proposed 2020 Stormwater Management Program expenditures in an amount not to exceed $16,848,613.
  • Consider renewing the property and liability insurance policies for calendar year 2020 with the quoting carriers in the amount of $1,908,330. 
  • Consider authorizing a sole source contract with Tek84 Inc. for the purchase of two full body scanners, in an amount not to exceed $300,000.
  • Consider authorizing an agreement between Johnson County and the City of Edgerton, Kansas for the provision of law enforcement services in 2020 by the Sheriff’s Office to the City of Edgerton for the total amount of $462,419 and add 1.0 additional FTE to provide dedicated policing services to the City of Edgerton.
  • Consider authorizing an agreement between Johnson County and the City of De Soto, Kansas for the provision of law enforcement services in 2020 by the Sheriff’s Office to the City of De Soto for the total amount of $527,639.
  • Consider adopting a schedule establishing the accrual rates and maximum accrual caps for sick leave and vacation for certain Med-Act employees and adding the schedule to Human Resources Policy Nos. 504-Sick Leave and 505-Vacation as adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on September 19, 2019, and rescinding Policy No. 305.
August 2019 at the BOCC

Here are some highlights of the Board of County Commissioners’ actions and activities in August 2019. More information including official minutes, votes and videos on all items is available at boccmeetings.jocogov.org.

On Aug. 8, the Board approved and adopted the FY 2020 Budget and FY 2020 – 2024 Capital Improvement Program as proposed. More information is available in this news release.

Other Board action in August included:

  • Authorizing contracts to improve parking lots located at Johnson County Communication Center (CCC), 11880 South Sunset Dr.; the Justice Annex Building, 588 Santa Fe; the Johnson County Community Support Services (CSS) facility located at 6440 Neiman Road and the Johnson County Sunset Building located 11811 South Sunset Dr..
  • Authorizing the Johnson County Wastewater General Manager to review and extend the current 2019 deferment extension requests one additional 5-year deferment period, if eligible.
  • Authorizing a Use Agreement with the Johnson County Park & Recreation District at the County Operations Facility located at 19310 W 159th St., Olathe, KS 66062, to facilitate the administration of an out of school youth program for Olathe Public Schools (USD 233).
  • Authorizing nine agreements for storm sewer inspection projects at a cost to the Stormwater Management Program of $3,569 with the city of Merriam; $115,146 with the city of Mission; $57,053 with the city of Mission Hills; $35,584 with the city of Shawnee; $34,189 with the city of Westwood; and $3,473 with the city of Westwood Hills.


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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