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Leaner Spending for JoCo


Olathe, KS – The Johnson County Kansas budget for next year cuts 159 jobs and reduces spending by $15 million. As passed by unanimous vote today , the spending plan does not raise taxes

Income will not equal outflow in 2011 and the county will need to draw on its reserves.

Commission Chair Annabeth Surbaugh has never been shy about taking credit for building those reserves, required to be 20 percent and now 33 to 35 percent. In her words, " It was put there for exactly what we're doing now. A rainy day. A day when you can use it. And we're going to spend it down to the 20 percent in the next five years."
Making spending and program and people cuts along the way until income from sales and property taxes improves

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