Overland Park, Kansas

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Overland Park is located in Johnson County in the eastern part of Kansas. Its population is 173,372.[1]

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Elected Officials
Administrative Officials
Permits, zoning
Public Records
Local Taxes

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  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 6 years.[2]
    • eCheckbook is posted.[3]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[4]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[5]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 13 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 13 years.[6]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2007 are available.[7]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[8]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the records custodian. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[9]
    • A public records form is provided.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[10]
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[13]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[14]

Public employees


Overland Park's mayor is Carl Gerlach.[15]

City manager

Overland Park's city manager is Bill Ebel.[16]


The 2011 budget was for $218,195,000, down 7.4% from 2010. Revenues are projected at $143.1 million, and the city will cover the remainder by using interfund transfers and the fund balance, bringing available resources up to the needed $218.2 million.[17]

2011 Budget Revenues[17]
Source Revenues % of Total
Property tax $25.5 million 18%
Sales tax $65 million 45%
City-generated $44.7 million 31%
Intergovernmental $7.9 million 6%
Total revenues $143.1 million 100%
2011 Expenditures by Category -- All Funds[17]
Category Expenditures % of Total
Personal Services $80,687,955 37.0%
Commodities $5,511,420 2.5%
Contractual Services $14,077,007 6.5%
Capital Outlay $1,253,455 0.6%
Contracts with Outside Agencies $4,413,314 2.0%
Maintenance $9,648,000 4.4%
Scheduled Capital Improvements $3,988,000 1.8%
Interfund Transfers $61,011,978 28.0%
Debt Services $30,136,025 13.8%
Citywide Contingency $7,467,846 3.4%
Total Expenditures $218,195,000 100%
2011 Operating Budget Expenditures[17]
Area Expenditures % of Total
Administration $17.26 million 17%
Police $31.45 million 31%
Fire $17.4 million 17%
Public works $16.11 million 16%
Parks & rec $11.91 million 12%
Planning & development $7.4 million 7%
Total Operating Budget $101.5 million 100%

Retirement costs


Many city employees are part of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS), a defined-benefit pension plan. For 2010, the city spent $1,875,545 in KPERS contributions.[18]

Overland Park police participate in the City of Overland Park Police Department Retirement Plan (PDRP), a defined-benefit pension plan. The City of Overland Park paid $2,761,411 into the system in 2010. In that year, the city had accrued $8.2 million in unfunded liabilities for the PDRP.[18]

Firefighters are part of the Overland Park Fire Department Retirement Plan (OPFDRP), also a defined-benefit pension plan. The city spent $2,339,445 on the plan in 2010, and has of $11.5 million in unfunded liabilities for the plan.[18]


Overland Park's other post-employment benefits (OPEBs) were 15.6% funded in 2010 and has accrued $15,734,85 unfunded liabilities for OPEBs.[18]


2010 Sales Tax Rates[19]
Level of government Sales tax rate
State tax 6.300%
County taxes $1.225%
City taxes $1.125%
Total sale tax 8.650%
2010 Property Tax Rates[19]
Fund Millage
City of Overland Park 8.876
Johnson County 17.748
Johnson County Parks & Rec 2.350
Johnson County Library 3.158
Johnson County Community College 8.799
Blue Valley School District 71.049
Olathe School District 72.914
Shawnee Mission School District 57.192
Spring Hill School District 65.465
State of Kansas 1.500

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