Pitch examines possible tax increase in wake of state cuts. The Pitch’s Steve Vockrodt has a good piece on the Fast Pitch blog examining why Johnson County officials are proposing a small mill levy increase for the 2015 year. “How did Johnson County get to the point where it needed to consider boosting the property-tax bill?” he writes. “Two things, mainly. One is a scenario that Johnson County Commissioner Ed Eilert warned about earlier this year when the Kansas Legislature considered getting rid of the mortgage registration and collection fee. GOP-controlled lawmakers, in their unquenchable desire to shrink government, jettisoned the fee during the last legislative session. The fee tolled 26 cents on every $1,000 that a homebuyer borrowed to buy a house and drummed up about $16 million a year for Johnson County’s coffers.” [Guess where else is thinking about a tax increase? That would be Johnson County — The Pitch]
Transgender issue on Time cover. Time Magazine’s June 9 edition dedicates its cover story on transgender issues, calling it “America’s next civil rights frontier.” In Roeland Park, gender identity is part of a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance that has received divided public comment and is expected to be voted on this month.
Wallerstein earns recognition from Theatre in the Park. Prairie Village Planning Commissioner and Johnson County Parks and Recreation Board Member Nancy Wallerstein is the recipient of a Founders Award from Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park
Google Fiber on the move. More evidence that Google Fiber is on the move in northeast Johnson County came Wednesday night when a location and license agreement for a fiber hut came before the Mission City Council. The hut will be located on city property along the east side of Barkley Street just south of Target and the Rock Creek Trail. The hut will be fenced and screened with landscaping. According to the staff report, the hut provides the equipment necessary to serve high-speed internet to about 20,000 homes. The huts link to the regional network that circles the metro.