WRITER: Josie Heimsoth

On 2nd day of Douglas County's 2025 budget deliberations, commissioners consider lowering proposed mill levy

Douglas County commissioners are considering reducing the proposed mill levy by nearly 3 mills and, to that end, are looking to transfer several funds for their behavioral health partners to a mental health sales tax fund. By the end of the county’s second day of budget deliberations on Monday, commissioners had reduced the originally proposed mill levy, which is $1 per $1,000 of assessed value, from 44.208 ...

An incumbent Douglas County commissioner and a Lawrence city commissioner face off in Douglas County Commission District 2

Two current commissioners – one a Douglas County commissioner and the other a Lawrence city commissioner – are running against each other in the Democratic primary for Douglas County Commission District 2. The two candidates are incumbent Douglas County Commissioner Shannon Reid, who was elected in 2020, and Lawrence City Commissioner Lisa Larsen, who has served on the City Commission since 2015. ...

Newly created Douglas County Commission District 4 has two Democrats vying for a general election spot

In District 4, one of the newly created Douglas County Commission districts, a Democrat from Lawrence and another from the Eudora area are vying for a spot on the November general election ballot. Gene Dorsey, who serves on the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center board of directors, and Mike Kelso, a member of the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, are the two Democrats in the District 4 ...

Two Democrats look to advance to the general election in newly created Douglas County Commission District 5

In a newly created County Commission district that covers the southern parts of the county, two Democrats are competing for a spot in this fall's general election. The Democratic primary candidates in District 5 are Erica Anderson, whose background is in health care and public affairs, and Nicholas Matthews, a tutor with a political science background. The winner will face off against Libertarian Kirsten Kuhn ...

In Douglas County Commission District 3, two Republicans face off for a chance to take on the Democratic incumbent

In the largest Douglas County Commission district by geographic area, two Republicans will face each other in the August primary for a chance to run against the Democratic commission chair this fall. The two Republicans in the Commission District 3 primary are John Landon and Pam McDermott; Landon has lived in rural Douglas County for over 30 years, and McDermott ran for the County Commission in 2020. The ...

On first day of 2025 budget deliberations, county leaders have questions about behavioral health sales tax, cost of living adjustments for agencies

As Douglas County leaders begin fine-tuning their 2025 budget, they're asking whether some things can be funded with a mental health sales tax instead of property taxes — and whether it's really the county's job to help its partner agencies keep up with rising costs. The quarter-cent behavioral health sales tax was a theme county commissioners discussed on Friday, the first day of their budget deliberations, ...