County Government

White House calls Douglas County Republican official ‘partisan’

After Douglas County Commission Chair Michelle Derusseau said she did not plan to attend a White House summit, calling it a “publicity stunt,” a member of Republican President Donald Trump’s staff has accused her of partisanship. The three Douglas County commissioners were invited — ...

Douglas County Commission plans to raise mill levy, denies storage facility permit

Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday approved their 2020 budget for publication with a mill levy increase that is slightly smaller than what they discussed the week prior. Interim County Administrator Sarah Plinsky said a change in the zoning department’s budget lowered the required ...

Douglas County budget will likely raise taxes; commission plans to fund drug court

Though Douglas County commissioners have not given final approval to a 2020 budget, they did reach a consensus Wednesday on a plan that would raise the mill levy by 0.429 mills. If approved, the budget would raise the mill levy from 46.015 to 46.444. That’s a total of roughly $1,068 in ...

Douglas County Commission to discuss downtown space needs, options

Douglas County commissioners at their Wednesday work session will discuss possibilities for a downtown master plan that would address some space issues. The county hired the architecture firm Gould Evans to conduct a space needs study in 2017. The study found that the county's downtown ...

City and firefighters union still at odds over pay increase, other contract elements

Representatives for the City of Lawrence and the local firefighters union continue to disagree on how much of a wage increase is needed to keep firefighter pay competitive, and contract negotiations could soon require mediation. Negotiations between the city and the union, Local 1596, are ...

Douglas County Commission meeting canceled; budget deliberations scheduled

Douglas County commissioners’ regular Wednesday evening meeting is canceled this week, but they will meet in the morning for budget deliberations. The commission held budget hearings with various county departments and county-supported agencies last week and Monday for its 2020 budget. They ...

Marijuana expert: Prime time for Kansas public health officials to talk legalization

It’s a good time for public health officials to get in on the ground floor — before the debate really kicks into full gear — on legalization of marijuana in Kansas, a subject expert says. Andrew Freedman, who was the state of Colorado’s first director of marijuana coordination, gave ...

Wellness, mental health app now available free for Douglas County residents

An app that offers abundant resources for mental and physical health and wellness is now available for free to Douglas County residents. The Douglas County Commission approved a contract for the app, called myStrength, at its Jan. 30 meeting. It’s now online and available for free to anyone ...

Douglas County Commission to consider expanding intensive behavioral health program

Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday will consider expanding a wraparound behavioral health program to make it available seven days a week. Intensive Care Coordination, or ICC, services are made available to some clients who visit the emergency room, have contact with law enforcement or ...