2008 News

County Executive Mike Sanders and Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross Blue Springs To Be Home Of New Innovation Park
DECEMBER 15, 2008 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders congralutes Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross for securing an economic development project with global potential. Blue Springs is to be the home of the new Missouri Innovation Park, a 500-acre science and technology development. The University of Missouri is a long-term partner in this project, which will result in significant job opportunities throughout Blue Springs and the entire region. MU is going to be the anchor research tenant through the establishment of the "Mizzou Innovation Center."

Mike Sanders County Executive Mike Sanders Earns Leadership Fellowship

NOVEMBER 28, 2008 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders is one of 24 elected officials from across the nation selected for a Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership.

Collections Department Extends Hours In Its Offices December 29-31
The Jackson County Collections Department will have extended hours Monday, December 29 through Wednesday, December 31 to accept tax payments. Those three days, the Collections offices in the Jackson County Courthouse (415 E. 12th Street in Kansas City on the first floor) and Courthouse Annex (308 W. Kansas Avenue in Independence on the first floor) will be open 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Taxpayers using the Courthouse in Kansas City 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. should enter the building through the ground floor West (Oak Street) entrance and 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. through the North (12th Street) entrance.

County Executive Mike Sanders To Deliver
State of the County Address & 2009 Budget Message
NOVEMBER 10, 2008 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will deliver his State of the County Address/2009 Budget Message on Thursday, November 13. The speech will begin at 2:00 p.m. and be given in the Legislative Chamber of the Courthouse at 415 E. 12th Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

View streaming video of the speech or read the text.

Jackson County Home Page New County Site Goes Live
SEPTEMBER 9, 2008 -- We've designed this site with you, the visitor, in mind. Priority 1 has been and will continue to be making it easier for you to find the information you need. Explore the new "I Want To..." section to find what it is you want to do online quicker than ever.

Fort Osage Canon Fort Osage Bicentennial
SEPTEMBER 9, 2008 -- Jackson County commemorated the 200th anniversary of one of its oldest and most significant historical sites September 6-7.

Resources Available For Those In KC Area Facing Foreclosure
AUGUST 18, 2008 -- Web site offers multiple tips for avoiding foreclosure with links to area foreclosure resources and a toll free telephone number.

County & Entire KC Region Praised For NACo Conference Success
JULY 22, 2008 -- Jackson County and the entire Greater Kansas City region have raised the bar of excellence in terms of hosting a National Association of Counties (NACo) annual conference.

Kansas City Chiefs Logo Chiefs Game Tickets 'On Sale' For Jackson County Taxpayers
JULY 18, 2008 -- In a continuation of a long-standing team policy, the Kansas City Chiefs are giving Jackson County taxpayers a jump-start on purchasing single games tickets for the 2008 season.

Prosecutor Urges All to be Aware of Signs of Elder Abuse and Neglect
JULY 3, 2008 -- During his 15 years as a prosecutor in Jackson County, Jim Kanatzar has seen many tragic cases of child abuse and domestic violence. But the Jackson County prosecutor wants County residents to beware that another segment of society is often the victim of abuse and neglect -- senior citizens.

New Economic Development Site Launched!
JUNE 16, 2008 -- Jackson County's new Economic Development Web site has "gone live." The site is a one-stop source for the information needed to promote economic growth thorughout the County. It was created through a collaborative effort involving every community in the County.

Lake Fest Fireworks Celebrate Summer's Arrival With Family Fun At Lake Fest '08
JUNE 10, 2008 -- Make your first day of summer extra cool. Bring the whole family to Lake Fest 2008 at Lake Jacomo. From power boat rides to scenic pontoon boat cruises, a colorful boat parade and one of the largest festival water balloon contests, Lake Fest is summer at its best.

County Executive Helps Break Ground For New JVS Dime Store
JUNE 6, 2008 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders participated in the June 2 groundbreaking ceremony for The JVS Baltimore Ave. Dime Store. Jewish Vocational Services presented the concept for the store to the Jackson County Board of Services, and the Board was the first to offer its support for the project with a $50,000 grant.

Sail Into Summer With Jackson County Parks
Girl playing on lake beach MAY 26, 2008 -- Make your summer of '08 great with all that Jackson County Parks & Recreation has to offer.

"Take your break" at one of the County's lakes. The beaches are now open through Labor Dak weekend. Enjoy one othe most extenisve parks systems of any county in the nation!

'Clean Out Your Files Day' A 40-Ton Success
Clean Out Files Day MAY 7, 2008 -- The numbers are in, and Jackson County's 2008 "Clean Out Your Files Day" was a huge success. The County recycled 43,000 pounds of paper, but the 21.5 tons of paper tells only part of the story. Another 20 tons in the form of non-working electronics and computer equipment, including 497 monitors and 510 computers/servers, were also recycled .

County Executive Announces New Tax Payment Plan For Seniors
APRIL 4, 2008 -- Missouri State Senator Victor Callahan (D - District 11) joined Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders in announcing a new tax payment program for Jackson County's senior citizens. The new program will enable seniors, 62 or older, to pay their residential property tax in four installments.

Jackson County & Kansas City Officials Promoting Regional Jail
MARCH 27, 2008 -- For several years, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders has supported developing a Regional Detention Center that would serve not only the County but also all municipalities within Jackson County.

Sanders joined County Prosecutor Jim Kanatzar at a press conference with Kansas City officials March 26 to discuss the regional jail concept.

'Clean Out Your Files' Day Set For April 11
MARCH 14, 2008 -- Reduce... Reuse... Recycle... Jackson County employees are encouraged to do all three as part of the County's initiative to be environmentally conscientious year-round. Recycling will be atop the County's agenda Friday, April 11, as all employees throughout Jackson County are invited to participate in "Clean Out Your Files Day."

Sheriff Phillips' 30 Years of Service Honored
FEBRUARY 11, 2008 -- Jackson County Sheriff Tom Phillips was presented his 30-year service pin by County Executive Mike Sanders during the County Legislature's February 11 meeting.

Phillips began his career with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office in 1978.


COMBAT Transition is Underway
FEBRUARY 5, 2008 -- The process has begun to transform how the Jackson County COMBAT (COMmunity Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax) program is administered.

On February 4, the County Legislature approved the transition plan put forth by the COMBAT Review Committee. The Committee was appointed by County Executive Mike Sanders in March 2007 to review the COMBAT program.

Dennis R. Waits Named Legislative Chairman
JANAURY 7, 2008 -- Dennis R. Waits will chair the Jackson County Legislature in 2008.

The Legislature elected the 3rd District Legislator during its first meeting of the new year. Waits, a life-long resident of the district, was frist elected 3rd District Legislator in 1986.

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