The Johnson County Commissioners held a work session Tuesday, focusing mainly on budgets submitted by department heads.
Tuesday morning the commissioners discussed the budgets of Treasurer Carla Faircloth, Sheriff Steve Kozisek and Planner Rob Yingling.
After going over the Treasurer's budget, Commission Chair Delbert Eitel said, “The budget looks good.”
Discussions then centered around valuation in the county and how the commissioners have no specific numbers in which to make their budgets, only estimates that so far have ranged from $900 million to $1.1 billion. Final numbers from the Assessor's Office are expected within the next couple of weeks.
Sheriff Kozisek gave his yearly budget saying ammunition prices have soared recently. He also requested pay increases for part-time cooks at the jail facility, bringing them up to the level of other P/T employees in the county.
The sheriff will also look into the possibility of raising the rate charged by his office for serving papers.
The Planning department has a budget $3,000 less than last year, according to Planner Rob Yingling.
He discussed the projects his office will be working on this year and also requested a GPS system be purchased for the office. It will cost approximately $3,000 and can be shared between the offices when needed.