Johnson County commissioners approve record fiscal budget

Michael Ronnebaum
June 20, 2017 - 7:00 am
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The operating budget for Johnson County in 2018 is expected to eclipse $1 billion for the first time. 

County commissioners have approved the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Not all of the record number comes from spending. About a fourth of the budget goes toward reserves.

"I know the state of Kansas sometimes spends practically all their money but at Johnson County we like to have a pretty good reserve," said Scott Newfeld, budget director.

Commissioners are preparing for a multi-year waste water budget in which the county's water plant will be expanding flow to Kansas City, Missouri. The plan is to achieve a return on investment with greater access to affordable water.

"They constantly refine those ROI models of when are those rates in Kansas City going to get to where it's cheaper long-run to expand the plant," Newfeld said. "We finally got to that point."  

The county is also preparing to build a new courthouse and multiple libraries.

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