Johnson County FY 2020 budget passes

Johnson County FY2020 budget passes

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors have approved the budget for the 2020 fiscal year.

In a 4-1 vote, the county will spend 138.3 million dollars, including funding of nearly a dozen new fulltime positions.

The county will spend over ten percent of the $20 million conservation bond for more land acquisition and for part of the Hoover Trail project, an expenditure that Supervisor Janelle Rettig says will end up costing the county significant money.

Retting was the lone vote against the budget, as she was last year.

The budget includes a drop in the countywide property tax levy rate, down to $6.49 per $1000 of taxable value. Rural areas, however, will see a sixteen-cent bump, to $10.18 per $1000 taxable value.

Major secondary road projects getting the OK in the 2020 budget include work on Herbert Hoover Highway near Wapsi Road, and the IWV road project from Hebl Avenue to Highway 218.

Details of the budget are available on the finance page of the county website,