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Budget money could be shifted to cover JOCO DMV troubles

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OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

There may be some money moved around to cover the troubled motor vehicle system in Johnson County.

The difficulties surrounding the Johnson County DMV this past summer were high on everybody's list to talk about for a couple months.

Kansas residents encountered unusually long wait times after the state got a new computer system to handle its title and registration process.

It turns out the problems cost a little more than what county officials budgeted for, so they made adjustments for next year.

Wednesday morning, Johnson County's Board of Commissioners moved over $300,000 from the reserve fund to the Treasury Department's budget to cover the costs generated from the state's DMV changes in May.

Johnson County had to hire 15 additional employees for the motor vehicles department to handle the long lines and increased work load given to them by the state.

County Treasurer Tom Franzen said the goal is to have taxpayers renew their information online and avoid making a trip to the DMV if possible.

"In JOCO we are using technology whenever possible to reduce costs. knowing that were are still learning about the new system," Franzen said.

In county officials anticipate the salaries for those additional employees to be a little over $700,000 annually, so the board took action to make that part of next year's budget discussion.

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