October 2, 2014

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …