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March 16, 2009

Time to vote out JoCo commissioners

I wonder how many people caught Johnson County Commissioner Ed Eilert’s nonchalant comment about raising our property tax 15 to 17 percent to pay for a new courthouse that most people never use (3/10, Local, “Johnson County takes early step to replace courthouse in Olathe”).
That’s another 15 percent on top of our already too-high rate based on falsely inflated home values that are mostly currently in decline. This is after threatening us with property tax increases if we did not pass the jail tax in November.
Does the average person realize that our commissioners make $50,000 a year for a part-time job? These people are like Congress — once they get voted in, they stay forever and spend our money.
They work for us, although they do not act like it, and it is time to vote them out in the next election.
If they need more space, there must be dozens of places available to rent for some of their offices.
Bruce Payne


Stifled Freedom

You can send them an email....and they will condescendingly reply.


JOCO seems to be beginning to lose the "growth rate" war against the northland. There are many non-political reasons, including the extent of JOCO southern growth that has put the edges almost 45 minutes from downtown, but that doesn't change the fact that the double-digit rates of the 80's and 90's are probably gone for good.

In the past, JOCO had a free pass to spend an almost unlimited amount of money, with new growth and exploding property values subsidizing their dreams of grandeur. Those days are gone, and unless leadership gets a grasp on real fiscal prudence, the days of KCMO-style budget problems are right around the corner.


They don't seem to be working for me, that's for sure. I've been trying to contact my county commissioner and also their customer service line for months now, with a question only they can answer. No one ever returns a call or answers an email.

That didn't stop them from jacking up our home value by 9.7% for 2008. We put together an appeal Perry Mason would be proud of and presented it three weeks ago, and I think we lost. No one has contacted us.

The only reason I'll go to the polls on April 7 is to vote our commissioner out.

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