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Johnson County public meetings, activist survey

March 17, 2011 J

For activists in Johnson County, please mark your calendar for two important public meetings later this month.

The Johnson County Charter Commission will be conducting a public meeting at 7pm March 29 in the Olathe City Council Chambers (100 E. Santa Fe, Olathe) for input from citizens about how they would like to see the operation of the Johnson County government change for the next ten years. The county’s first Charter Commission convened in May 1999 and ended a year later with recommendation that the county adopt a home-rule charter form of government along with three related questions for voters to decide in the operational structure of the county government. Following the initial charter commission, voters decided to have the county commission appoint a county manager, who would then appoint the county treasurer, county clerk and register of deeds; to increase the number of county commissioners from five to seven including a publicly-elected, at-large chairman; and to have the county commission elections be non-partisan.

We would like your thoughts on changes that should be made to the Johnson County government for the next decade. Please click here to complete a brief survey on the matter, and we will present the results at the March 29 public meeting in Olathe.

If you live in Merriam, the Merriam City Council will conduct a public meeting about the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for the Merriam Points Redevelopment project at 6:30pm March 28 at Merriam City Hall (9000 W. 62nd, Merriam). We believe the city council needs to answer several specific questions about this proposal, including the purpose of this TIF and what guidelines the city will follow to ensure it is administered properly.

If you have questions about either of these meetings, please contact Jim Mullins at jmullins@afphq.org.

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