The Johnson County Board of Commissioners has adopted an $837.4 million spending plan for next year that does not raise taxes.
On Thursday, August 8, the Board approved the county’s FY 2014 Budget with an estimated mill levy set at 23.210 mills, the same as the existing mill levy, which is the lowest among the 105 counties in Kansas. The county has maintained a constant mill levy since 2007.  One mill equals $1 on every $1,000 of a homeowner’s assessed valuation.
The new budget lists estimated expenditures at approximately $664.6 million and $172.8 million in reserves to fund 29 departments and five agencies that comprise Johnson County Government. By state statute, the county’s new budget must be approved and filed with the County Clerk by August 25.
The FY 2014 budget includes $110.7 million for the county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) with $1,150,000 for site improvements, equipment, and materials to support interim library services on the Monticello Library site at 22435 West 66th Street, Shawnee.
The funding will be used to provide some library services in the western Shawnee and Lenexa area, including story times, pickups and self-check in the Millcreek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Drive, Shawnee, in partnership with Johnson County Park and Recreation District. The Monticello site will offer a book drop and an innovative vending solution for distribution and collection of library materials. The site was acquired by Johnson County Library in 2010 for construction of a future library, which has not been authorized or funded. Improvements, totaling $3.6 million, to the Central Resource Library, 9875 West 87th Street, Overland Park, are also included in the budget.
Two projects are being funded at the county facility at 8788 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park. One involves almost $5.5 million in structural improvements to the building. The other project, totaling slightly more than $1.5 million, paves the way for the future relocation of the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, 8527 Bluejacket Street, Overland Park, to the Metcalf site. The budget plan also sets aside slightly more than $1.6 million for land acquisition and capital improvements by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.
Other CIP highlights include:
• $59.5 million for wastewater projects;
• $12.9 million for the County Assistance Road System (CARS) program;
• $11.9 million for the Stormwater Management Program;
•  $1.9 million for the Bridge, Road, and Culvert Program; and,
• $1.2 million for public transit bus replacement.
What’s the bottom line: The amount of county tax (23.210 mills) on an average $240,000 residential property will be approximately $641, or approximately $53.42 per month, in 2014. The approximate county tax on an average commercial property of $1,477,135 will be $8,571.The amount generated by one county mill of property tax is estimated at $7.48 million in the FY 2014 Budget. The county’s property tax does not include other taxing entities, such as the State of Kansas, cities, and school districts.
The final setting of the mill levy for the new fiscal year, which starts January 1, will be established by the end of October with the final property valuations by the Johnson County Department of Records and Tax Administration.
Details about the FY 2014 Budget, the current FY 2013 Budget, and budget process are available at the county’s main website at www.jocogov.org.