Edgerton has been treated like the unwanted stepchild of Johnson County for too long.
The community has subsisted as a largely independent entity in the often forgotten southwest corner of the county.
Nearly everything Edgerton has attained since its incorporation in 1883 was accomplished with the blood, sweat and tears of its residents.
The county has historically taken advantage of that spirit and applied its resources to the more northern parts of the county.
Edgerton pays its share of taxes, but does not receive the services other communities are afforded.
County officials have told Edgerton many times that its residents are expected to use Gardner’s services.
That is despite more than five highway miles separating the communities.
More than 12 years ago, Edgerton enlisted the help of the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corporation to campaign for a county library branch.
But it was not without jumping through hoops.
Edgerton residents rolled up their sleeves, purchased an old, dilapidated bank building, and renovated it on their own before getting a library at about the same time the county was installing a cappuccino bar in the Leawood branch.
Edgerton also pays taxes for the county’s human services department, but does not have a Senior Nutrition Center as do Gardner and other communities.
Although the county provides Meals on Wheels service to Edgerton residents, volunteers are counted on to provide a monthly senior luncheon.
Deborah Collins, director of the Johnson County Human Services Department, suggested in a recent email to Edgerton officials that its residents use the Gardner Senior Nutrition Center.
“Unfortunately, our limited resources prevent us from being able to assist with the Edgerton luncheon and in fact, our Congregate sites are likely to continue to down-size,” Collins wrote.
We’d like to suggest differently.
Edgerton deserves the same value for its tax dollars that other Johnson County cities receive.