State of Johnson County? Good Overall

Johnson County Commissioner John Gibbs
Johnson County Commissioner John Gibbs

The Johnson County Commissioners gave the State of the County Address on Wednesday at a luncheon at the Bozeman Trail Steakhouse in Buffalo.

Commission Chair Smokey Wildeman opened the address, giving a short description of what the commission is and its responsibilities.

He then gave a rundown of various projects the county has undertaken in recent years and how those various projects were funded.

Wildeman said valuation is still high, with mineral production still keeping county coffers relatively full. With uranium production picking back up this year, He said he expects this year's revenues to be in line with what they were last year.

He thought the state of the county to be in good shape.

Commissioner Delbert Eitel talked about roads and road projects, including upcoming upgrades to Schoonover and Trabing Roads.

He also commented that recent uranium production in southern Johnson County will help with revenue lost to dwindling methane production.

Commissioner John Gibbs discussed the new justice center and court facilities, possibly digitizing old county records, bringing fiber optic technology to Buffalo and economic development.

The commissioners said they are looking at a new community center at the Johnson County Fairgrounds as their next likely project after the criminal justice center is completed.

Attracting new business, economic development and working closely with the City of Buffalo and the Town of Kaycee were also high priorities for the commission.

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