June 22, 2024

Keeping Media and Government Accountable.

Tag: Ed Eilert

Big property tax hikes proposed by most officials in Johnson County

As if past property tax increases that far exceed the change in inflation and population aren’t bad enough, most elected…

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JOCO commissioner Allenbrand action raises transparency questions

A meeting called by Johnson County commissioner Shirley Allenbrand in which another commissioner was disinvited and other stakeholders advised not…

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Is Ethics Advisory Board ruling on solar project politically motivated?

Some people in Johnson County believe a recusal order by the Ethics Advisory Board is selectively applying ethics guidelines to…

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Johnson County officials effectively propose big rent hikes

County Commissioner Becky Fast is on record saying affordable housing options are a top concern for her constituents, but odds…

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JoCo officials setting residents up for a big property tax hike

Johnson County officials appear to be setting their residents up for a major property tax hike this year.  Most residential…

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County Chair Ed Eilert mum on upwards of $1 million missing

Fox4 reports that as much as $1 million is missing from the Johnson County Courthouse, and County Chairman Ed Eilert…

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Health and Safety Advisory Council (HSAC) is a very bad idea

The left-leaning Johnson County Commission is entertaining an amendment to the County Charter to form a left-leaning Health and Safety…

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Johnson County officials push CRT with your tax dollars

It’s no secret that Johnson County schools are indoctrinating kids with the tenets of critical race theory, but now a…

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Edgerton councilman resigned in protest over property tax fib

Local elected officials and bureaucrats routinely fib about property tax increases, and most often, those who know that their constituents…

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Dark store theory: counties break the law, threaten residential property tax hike

Even the name — dark store theory — sounds ominous. With the willing participation of local media, some local officials…

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JoCo school boards request political ‘cover’ from commissioners

“Legal department had not made final review,” wrote Johnson County Commission Chair Ed Eilert , explaining why the school district…

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Attorneys say school districts can opt out of mask mandate

Johnson County’s Legal Director, an attorney in private practice, and arguably a State Attorney General opinion all say school districts…

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Commissioner says JoCo work sessions should be more open

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners broadcast business meetings live, public comment is usually invited, and the meetings are in…

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Johnson Co. Commissioners hire unqualified County Auditor

Johnson County Board of Commissioners Charter Resolution 24-88 Sec.[XV]-(2) says, “No person shall be eligible for appointment to the position…

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Johnson County loses another ‘dark store theory’ court case

The Kansas Court of Appeals issued yet another ruling against Johnson County’s “dark store” justification for increasing property taxes on…

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State, county officials grapple with mask mandates under new law

Kansas counties shifted gears on mask mandates as Senate Bill 40 became law. Kansas’s largest counties are taking different approaches…

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Kelly nominee may legislate from the bench to raise property tax

Johnson County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert and Rep. Stephanie Clayton, an Overland Park Democrat, have called on Kansas Governor Laura…

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JoCo eliminates public comment for Dec. 3 meeting

Johnson County commissioners will not permit verbal public comment at their next board meeting. Instead, the commission will meet by…

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JoCo ignores resident pleas, adopts tighter COVID restrictions

Bars and restaurants in Johnson County must close by midnight beginning Monday. That’s part of the decision of a divided…

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JoCo commission approves property tax hike despite opposition

(Update – the original version of this story referenced a 5.3% property tax increase for 2021; a tiny quarter-mill reduction…

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Public outcry over Johnson County’s 5% property tax increase

Residents gave Johnson County commissioners an earful at the August 12 public hearing on the county’s 2021 budget proposal, which…

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COVID case hype pushes fear despite good news in the data

There’s considerable good news in this week’s COVID-19 update but you wouldn’t know it from media and many government officials,…

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Johnson County affirms mask mandate, enforcement unlikely

The Johnson County Board of Commissioners arguably made a political decision to affirm Governor Kelly’s statewide mask mandate, even though…

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JoCo business reopening task force lacks business experience

Johnson County Commission Chairman Ed Eilert appointed a task force to “strategize and implement a phased approach to reopening the…

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