The State Of The County Address was presented at a Wednesday luncheon, and Johnson County Commission Chair Delbert Eitel said the state of the county is “pretty good.”
He presented a list of accomplishments for the county in the last year, from the completion of the judicial center to finishing reconstruction of Trabing Road and the continued cooperation between the City of Buffalo, Town of Kaycee and the county to bring improved infrastructure and needed amenities to all three entities. He said he hopes the cooperation will continue.
Each department head, County Clerk, Treasurer, Assessor and the sheriff gave brief presentations themselves explaining to the 40 or so in attendance what their departments have been doing the last year and what will be happening in 2013.
In one of the more anticipated parts of the address, Assessor Cindy Rogers said valuation has declined in the last two years, and although she has no final numbers, she expects a decline in county valuation this year as well.
In 2010, she said, valuation sat at $1.3 billion; in 2011 it was at $1.295 billion; in 2012 it was at just over $1 billion; and for 2013, she estimates it will drop again to $930 million.