Yes, the Johnson County Economic Development Corporation voted to spend money to promote the zoning issue. Yes, they get most of their money from government agencies (County, Warrensburg, UCM, etc.). Yes, their board includes the County Clerk, Presiding Commissioner, Warrensburg Mayor and Warrensburg City Manager. See DSJ Article
for details on what they're doing.
We've also learned that the Warrensburg City Manager addressed a class at UCM on County Zoning. We don't know what he said yet, but are looking into it.
These actions may violate the prohibition against spending public money to advocate issues, and may violate the rules of the Missouri Ethics Commission. We shall see. Meanwhile, there's nothing wrong with expressing your outrage.