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Johnson, Sedgwick counties taking different paths

Antioch Park in Johnson County
Antioch Park in Johnson County Susan Pfannmuler

A Kansas City Star editorial this week contrasted the county commissions in the state’s two largest counties. The Johnson County Commission appears ready to increase property taxes and invest in better parks, libraries and transit service while sustaining the county’s already solid level of basic amenities, the editorial noted. That county’s aim is to “retain and even improve upon its reputation for providing a high quality of life for homeowners and businesses.” Meanwhile, the Sedgwick County Commission has proposed trimming taxes and cutting funding to a number of programs, including economic development, public health, culture and recreation. The editorial’s conclusion: “With good reasons, Johnson County is headed in a different and more responsible direction.” – Phillip Brownlee