Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2007

Proposed county 2008 budget maintains current mill levy

July 12, 2007

The Johnson County County Commissioners reached consensus Tuesday on the 2008 operating and capital improvement budget and set the maximum expenditure authority for legal publication.

By agreeing to this authority and publishing the proposed budget, commissioners are ready to unveil their proposed budget to the public.

The maximum budget of slightly more than $735.8 million maintains a constant mill levy of 23.199 mills compared to FY 2007. One mill equals $1 on every $1,000 of a homeowner's assessed valuation. The county's current budget is approximately $767 million.

"The budget as published cannot be increased, but it can go down," Commission Chairman Annabeth Surbaugh said. "This is not the final budget vote, and we still have to hear from the public and always welcome their comments."

The commission has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed budget for 7 p.m. Monday, July 30, in Room 250 on the lower level of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, in downtown Olathe. The hearing will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about the proposed budget and comment on how county services are financed.

On Monday, commissioners authorized the budget staff to proceed with publishing the proposed taxing levies for the county's three taxing districts -- county, library and park and recreation -- and their maximum operating expenditures for next year. Under state law, the budget proposal still can be modified by the commission after its legal publication, but only can be reduced.

In final changes to the County Manager Mike Press' proposed 2008 budget, commissioners approved:

  • Requests for 14 additional full-time employees from five departments, including nine employees for Johnson County Developmental Supports, two rangers for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, a senior auditor for the audit division, a registered nurse for the public health department, and a communication technician for the Emergency Communications Center.
  • Plans to construct a $17.4 million Juvenile Services Building at the Juvenile Corrections Complex in Olathe.
  • Plans to fund building improvements at the JCDS complex in Lenexa. The project is estimated to cost almost $4.5 million.
  • The expansion of the Leawood Pioneer Library at a total estimated cost of $5 million.

The county plans to publish the proposed county budget and supporting levies on July 19.

The commission is scheduled to approve the budget August 16 during its business session that begins at 9:30 a.m. in Room 250. The commission is meeting in this room during the next several weeks while the Hearing Room, located on the third floor, is being remodeled.

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