The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners reached consensus on the Proposed FY 2013 Operating and Capital Improvement Budget on Thursday, July 5, and set the maximum expenditure authority for legal publication.
By agreeing to this authority and publishing the proposed budget, Board members are ready to unveil their proposed budget to the public.
The maximum Proposed FY 2013 Budget, totaling approximately $815.1 million, maintains a constant mill levy of 23.188 mills, which traditionally has been the lowest mill levy among 105 counties in Kansas. The county has maintained a constant mill levy since 2007 when the mill levy was 23.199.  One mill equals $1 on every $1,000 of a homeowner’s assessed valuation.
The current budget is $810.6 million. The Board’s proposed FY 2013 Budget includes estimated expenditures of $669,790,716, which are $12.2 million less than current budgeted expenditures, and anticipated reserves of almost $145.3 million.
On Thursday, the Board 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.
The county plans to publish the proposed FY 2013 Budget and supporting levies on July 11.
Details about the FY 2013 Proposed Budget and annual budget process are available at the county’s main website at www.jocogov.org.
“The budget, as published, cannot be increased, but it can go down,” Commission Chairman Ed Eilert said. “This is not the final budget vote, and we have a public hearing scheduled on Monday, July 23, at 7 p.m. in the Board’s hearing room and welcome the public’s input.”
The hearing room is located on the third floor of the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 South Cherry Street, in downtown Olathe. The hearing will provide an opportunity for Johnson County citizens to learn more about the proposed budget and comment on how county services are financed.
The Board is scheduled to approve the new budget on Thursday, August 9, during its business session that begins at 9:30 a.m. in the hearing room. By state law, the county must adopt the FY 2013 Budget by August 25.