Archive for Monday, August 12, 2013

Johnson County OKs 2014 budget; no tax increase

August 12, 2013

— The Johnson County Board of Commissioners has adopted an $837 million budget for next year, and no tax increase is planned.

On Thursday, the board approved a tax rate of 23.210 mills, the same as the existing mill levy, which is the lowest among Kansas' 105 counties. By state statute, the county’s new budget must be approved and filed with the county clerk by Aug. 25.

The budget includes $1.1 million for site improvements, equipment and materials to support interim library services on the Monticello Library site at 22435 West 66th St. in Shawnee. The funding will be used to provide some library services in the western Shawnee and Lenexa area, including story times, pickups and self-check in the Millcreek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Drive, in partnership with the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

The Monticello site will offer a book drop and an innovative vending solution for distribution and collection of library materials. The site was acquired by Johnson County Library in 2010 for construction of a future library, which has not been authorized or funded.

The final setting of the mill levy for the new fiscal year, which starts 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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