February 11, 2016

Charter Commission scraps expansion proposal

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Johnson County Charter Commission members scrapped a proposal to expand the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners from seven to nine members on Dec. 5. Charter Commission member Mike Pirner said expansion would make the board of commissioners more representative. Pirner said he has “come to the strong conclusion that this proposal Continue Reading

Charter commissions may reconsider partisan elections

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com A Johnson County Charter Commission amendment to return to partisan elections may not be dead, despite not garnering enough votes to move the proposal ahead. Commissioners voted 9-14 against recommending partisan elections for Board of County Commission races in the future. The final outcome of the Nov. 7 vote is not in Continue Reading

Charter commission passes on partisan elections

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com Johnson County will continue to have non-partisan elections. Members of the county charter commission voted, 9-14, against recommending a return to partisan elections. An audience of more than 60 residents watched as commissioners voted first to kill debate on the topic and then to maintain non-partisan elections in Johnson County.  During Monday’s Continue Reading

OUR VIEW: Charter commissioners should support tax repeal proposals

Voters should be able to repeal certain taxes, and at least one appointee to the Johnson County Charter Commission, Bernie Bianchino, agrees. He’s proposed a series of amendments to the county charter – essentially the county’s constitution – that would give voters the ability to repeal a sales tax or a property tax increase through Continue Reading

Bianchino proposes tax repeal amendments to county charter

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com Under Kansas law, voters can organize a petition to raise taxes, but there are no provisions that allow taxpayers to repeal a tax. That’s something Bernie Bianchino would like to see change – at least in Johnson County. Bianchino serves on the Johnson County Charter Commission, a 25-member group charged with determining Continue Reading

Commission to vote on election amendment on Nov. 7

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com After months of discussion and information gathering, members of the Johnson County Charter Commission will vote Nov. 7 on an amendment to the county charter that would make county commissioner elections partisan. Today, elections for the seven-member Board of County Commissioners are non-partisan, and the county charter prohibits candidates from printing their Continue Reading

Residents support status quo at hearing

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com Members of the Johnson County Charter Commission should maintain the status quo. That was the advice residents offered during a public hearing Tuesday night in Mission. Of the 35 people who addressed charter commission members, only three expressed support for changing the existing county charter. “Please get off the train to crazy Continue Reading

County charter commission hosts public hearing

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com To retain non-partisan county elections, or to hold partisan elections for county commission candidates – that was the question several Johnson County residents voiced during a charter commission public hearing Tuesday night. The 25-member charter commission is charged with reviewing the Johnson County Home Rule Charter and recommending revisions to it every Continue Reading

Charter commission hosts introductory meeting

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com The 2011 Johnson County Charter Review Committee met for the first time Monday afternoon. The 25 member appointed board will examine the county’s home rule charter and make recommendations for possible changes to the document. Don Jarrett, attorney for the Johnson County Board of Commissioners, said the committee will wrestle with a Continue Reading