Johnson County Chairman Ed Eilert delivers 2016 State of the County Address

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(Johnson County, Kan.) March 22, 2016 – Ed Eilert, Chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, presented his 2016 State of the County Address on March 22.

“As I begin my sixth year as County Chairman, I have never been more optimistic about our future,” said Chairman Ed Eilert, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. “We are fortunate to live in one of the nation’s best places to raise a family, obtain an education, earn a living and build a business.”

Key facts shared by Chairman Eilert in the 2016 State of the County address
· In the 2015 Community Survey, 96 percent of residents said they were satisfied with Johnson County as a place to live. In addition, 96 percent of those surveyed consider their neighborhoods safe.
· Johnson County’s unemployment rate was 2.9 percent at the end of 2015, compared to a 3.5 percent rate for the state of Kansas, 3.9 percent for the metro region and 5.5 percent for the nation.
· More than 336,000 Johnson County residents were employed in 2015…the highest level in the county’s history.
· The average sales price for a Johnson County home in 2015 was $285,000, up 4.6 percent over the prior year.
· Johnson County’s public school districts have a combined graduation rate of almost 96 percent, six points higher than the state of Kansas’ average and 10 percent better than the national average.
· A recent Wichita State University Study predicts that the population of Johnson County, currently at 575,000 will top the one million mark in 2054.

Chairman Eilert shared economic data supporting the strong business growth and job creation occurring in Johnson County. He also gave updates on plans to expand and improve Johnson County Library, Johnson County Park & Recreation District and Johnson County Transit, including special needs transportation options.

In addition, the Chairman spoke about the Kansas Legislature’s discussions on the proposed property tax lid on cities and counties and its negative impacts on critical county programs and services, as well as job opportunities.

More than 700 people attended the address and luncheon at The Ritz Charles in Overland Park. The event’s co-sponsor was the Johnson County Public Policy Council, and it was hosted by the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. The general public could “virtually” attend the event on Twitter by following @jocogov and #JoCoSOTC. Video of the address will be posted later today on our YouTube Channel.

About Johnson County, Kansas
Located in the southwestern quadrant of the Kansas City Metropolitan Region, Johnson County, Kansas is a community of choice with a current population of more than 575,000, making it the most populated of the 105 counties in Kansas, but traditionally having the lowest mill levy in the state. For more information visit the county’s website at www.jocogov.org.

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