Johnson County manager says state policy prompts need for property tax hike. Johnson County Manager Hannes Zacharias said last week that the state’s decision to phase out the mortgage registration fee is to blame for the need to raise property taxes in the county for the first time in eight years. The proposed 2015 budget includes a .814 mill increase, translating to about $23.28 for the average homeowner. The county is looking to replace about $49 million dollars that will be lost over the next five years from the elimination of the mortgage registration fee.
[Zacharias blames state lawmakers for budget woes — Kansas City Star]
2014-2015 dates set for SM East, SM North. The Shawnee Mission School District has released dates for registration and the start of classes for the 2014-2015 school year at SM East and SM North. Fee payment dates will be July 30, 31 and August 4. The first day of school for 9th Grade will be August 12. All other grades will have their first day of school August 13.
Prairie Village to hold Moonlight Swim Friday. If you get a hankering to take a dip in the moonlight this Friday, you’re in luck! Prairie Village will hold its first Moonlight Swim of the season June 13, keeping the Prairie Village Pool open until 10 p.m. Next month, PV will have Moonlight Swims July 11 and 18.
Claridge Court residents challenge SM East students to volleyball. A group of 30 residents of Claridge Court in Prairie Village will play the SM East volleyball team in a friendly match later this month. The rules will vary slightly from the typical game, with participants sitting in chairs as opposed to roaming around the court. And there will be no limit on the number of times the players and touch the ball on one side of the net. The Claridge Court residents have been practicing every Saturday for a few months, and their team includes 10 players over the age of 90. The game will be Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to noon.