Ed Eilert http://kcur.org en Johnson County Chairman Reports Thriving Economy http://kcur.org/post/johnson-county-chairman-reports-thriving-economy <p>“The state of our county is good.” That was the message on Tuesday from&nbsp; Johnson County Chairman Ed Eilert, as he bragged about the county’s 4.5 percent unemployment rate and dramatic increase in housing starts.</p><p>In his annual State of the County address, Eilert acknowledged it wasn’t easy to keep expenditures in line with revenues last year.&nbsp; The county consolidated government departments and reduced the work force by the equivalent of more than 430 jobs through early retirement and attrition.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:59:12 +0000 Laura Ziegler 34183 at http://kcur.org