Johnson County hosting public courthouse tours
Public tours of the Johnson County Courthouse in downtown Olathe will get underway on Monday, July 11, and continue each month into early November.
The tours and presentations will give the public an opportunity to learn more about the existing courthouse, with its growing list of safety and security concerns and structural issues.
The county is currently proposing construction of a new courthouse and coroner facility, to cost a total of $201 million. It is placing a quarter-cent, 10-year public safety sales tax question on the Nov. 8 general election ballot to fund both projects.
Representatives from Johnson County District Court and the Facilities Management Department will lead the tours and presentations. Representatives from the District Attorney’s Office, Board of County Commissioners, County Manager’s Office, and Facilities Management Department will be available to answer questions from the public.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the problems that would be solved with a new courthouse, see for themselves some of the concerns of the existing courthouse, receive information, ask questions, and provide input.
Tour times will be at 5 and 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:
• Monday, July 11
• Tuesday, July 26
• Monday, Aug. 15
• Tuesday, Aug. 23
• Tuesday, Sept. 27
• Monday, Oct. 3
• Tuesday, Oct. 18
• Tuesday, Nov. 1
Participants are asked to RSVP at 913-715-3300.
More information about the tours, the new courthouse and coroner facility, and the proposed public safety sales tax is available at www.jocopublicsafety.org.