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Posted Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 6:30pm

A town hall meeting about the Wakarusa Drive extension project will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Greenbush Resource Center, formerly Wakarusa School, 1104 E 1000 Road. It will be an opportunity for the community to hear about the project, ask questions and provide comments.

Posted Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - 11:18am

Douglas County Emergency Management will be hosting a full-scale training exercise on Friday, Sept. 23, at Youth Sports Complex, 4911 W. 27th St., in Lawrence.

Posted Friday, August 19, 2022 - 3:30pm

The Douglas County Elections Office completed recounting the votes for the constitutional amendment on Friday afternoon, Aug. 19, and a canvass was held shortly thereafter at 3:30 p.m.

The hand-counted recount results from a total of 47,657 ballots are:

• Yes - 8,718

• No - 38,703

There were 217 under votes, which means no choice was marked on the ballot, and 19 over votes, which means the voter marked in both the yes and no target oval.

The primary results were:

Posted Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 9:30am

The City of Lawrence and Douglas County will have new leaders, Kathy Richardson and Kim Criner Ritchie, for their separate Sustainability Offices. Both offices will follow their respective priorities while continuing to collaborate on projects that improve sustainability efforts throughout Lawrence and Douglas County. Previously, Lawrence-Douglas County Sustainability was a combined office that worked on initiatives for both the City and the County. 

Posted Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 3:40pm

The Douglas County Clerk’s Office is sending 45,852 property owners a notification in the mail this week (Aug. 10-11) about estimated property taxes for 2022. It is not a bill.

In March 2021, the Kansas Legislature passed a law that requires county clerks to send a notice that explains each taxing jurisdiction’s intent or non-intent to exceed the revenue neutral rate. Taxing jurisdictions (municipalities, counties and districts) are prohibited from levying property tax that exceeds the revenue neutral rate without having a public hearing and passing a resolution.

Posted Friday, August 5, 2022 - 2:18pm

Researchers will present findings from their examination of pedestrian and traffic stop data during a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, in the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. The data has been collected in conjunction with the Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) and with Douglas County law enforcement agencies.

Posted Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 10:59am

Douglas County has hired Katy Fitzgerald as Criminal Justice Coordinator. Fitzgerald will primarily work on justice issues, including facilitation and coordination of the Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Katy’s first day with Douglas County will be July 29.

Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2022 - 9:41am

Douglas County Commissioner Shannon Reid is joining a select group of local officials as the inaugural cohort of the National Association of Counties’ Familiar Faces Leadership Network. This group is committed to improving life outcomes for high-needs residents with complex behavioral health conditions.

Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 1:37pm

The Board of County Commissioners reached an agreement July 20 on an approximately $163.7 million budget for 2023. They agreed on a mill levy of 46.380 mills, which is a decrease of one mill from 2022. One mill is one dollar per $1,000 of assessed value.

The 2023 budget included growth in property values (assessed valuation) of 12.44%. This higher than traditional rate of growth allowed the Commission to reduce the mill levy by $2.2 million in the general fund. The 2023 budget does not eliminate any current county services.

Posted Friday, July 1, 2022 - 10:47am

The proposed 2023 Douglas County budget is $166.3 million with a mill levy of 47.419 mills, which is a flat rate from last year. One mill is one dollar per $1,000 of assessed value.

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