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Appraised residential value appeals due by March 28

The deadline for residential property owners to appeal their appraised values is March 28.

“The state requires us to appraise homes based on fair market value,” said Johnson County Appraiser Paul Welcome. “We encourage residents to review their appraised values closely. If they have information that would assist in better determining their home’s value, please contact our office before the deadline. Residents should provide photos, repair estimates and other documents to assist us in reviewing their appraised values.”

The appraiser’s office has a team of individuals available to answer resident’s questions to answer questions about their appraised value or the appeal process. The team is available at 913-715-9000.

Approximately 40 to 50 percent of those property owners who file an appeal will see a reduction in the appraised value. The reduced amount will vary for each of those appeals.

“We have extensive information on our website allowing residents to compare sales of homes nearby for a comprehensive look at how the appraiser’s office determined their property’s appraised value,” Welcome said. “We are required to compare homes to recently sold homes, therefore, if residents wish to provide different comparable homes for us to review, they should have been sold around Jan. 1, 2018.”

Property owners are encouraged to go to appraiser’s office website for detailed information and a video on the process:

  • Via online, residents may verify the accuracy of the information the county has on file about a specific property (under the property data tab);
  • Within the property’s summary, residents will have the opportunity to see what nearby homes in an area sold for which is used to determine the appraised value of the home;
  • The assessed value is a percentage of the appraised value, which determines the specific amount of taxes that must be paid for the specific property. 

The appraisal process is conducted each year by the county under the direction of the state appraiser and in accordance with state law.

The amount residents pay in taxes is set by local and state government, schools and other taxing districts. Johnson County’s mill levy remains the lowest in Kansas. The county receives 15.2 percent of total taxes collected plus a total of 5 percent for county libraries and parks. Schools receive more than 55 percent of the tax payment, with the additional funds going to the city or township, special districts (where the property is located) and the remainder to the state. 

FAQs on the appraisal process are available online, with a calendar timeline of the annual process.