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Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 11:57am

You can now reserve Douglas County buildings for parties, reunions or car shows online!

Douglas County rents buildings, grassy areas and an outdoor arena at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 21st and Harper streets, and a community building at Lone Star Lake. Fees vary depending on the facility, duration of event, and other services such as use of a kitchen or equipment setup.

To view rental options and availability or to make a reservation, visit:

Posted Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 5:12pm

Douglas County Government’s general and satellite offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Dispatch Center and Criminal Justice Services will be operating. If you have an emergency, please call 911. If you have a non-emergency, call 785-843–0250.

Posted Monday, November 25, 2019 - 9:39am

Web GIS resources will be unavailable Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 27, for a scheduled upgrade. Applications for Property Viewer, Survey Lookup and all others in the Map Gallery will be affected.

We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause.

If you have questions or GIS assistance needs, contact Douglas County GIS Coordinator Bryce Hirschman at 785-832-5190 or email

Posted Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:01pm

Criminal Justice Coordinator Mike Brouwer wanted to pursue a career where he could help people. “Before there was a Dr. Phil, I was going to be Dr. Phil,” he said, with a chuckle. “I was passionate about behavioral change and envisioned this idea that I would be a Freudian therapist.”

Posted Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 10:48am

2019 Real Estate, Personal Property, Big Truck and Watercraft bills will be mailed out on November 14th.    2019 Information Sheets for all residential properties will be mailed on November 15th.  To avoid interest, payments must be postmarked December 20th.

There is an extra mill levy line on bills and information sheets this year. It is not a new levy.   School capital outlay has been separated from the original school levy.  This change affects all school districts.  

Posted Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 1:59pm

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center will present its findings and recommendations to improve Douglas County’s justice and behavioral health systems during the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Flory Meeting Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper Street. The meeting is open to the public.

Posted Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 3:13pm

General election results will be posted after voting has stopped at 7:00 p.m on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Results will not be official until they are canvassed by the Board of County Commissioners at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 18, 2019.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS - 2019 General Election Results

Posted Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 7:21am

Today is Election Day! Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  If you have an advance mail-in ballot, it can be dropped off today at any polling location in Douglas County.

Find your polling location here:

Posted Friday, November 1, 2019 - 3:38pm

The Douglas County Food Policy Council invites the community to a “Local Food System Update and Reception” 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the historic Santa Fe Depot in Lawrence, 413 E. Seventh St. The event is free and will feature foods from locally-owned ethnic food retailers who are participating in a research study that will be highlighted during the program.

Posted Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 2:26pm

The community meeting scheduled for tonight (Oct. 30) in Baldwin City about zoning regulations has been cancelled due to the weather forecast.

The Douglas County Zoning and Codes Department is continuing to seek feedback about proposed changes to the Zoning and Subdivision Regulations for unincorporated Douglas County. Residents can provide feedback by:

• Completing an online form.

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