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Office of the County Appraiser

Phone: 913-715-9000 | Fax: 913-715-0010

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 2100, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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Inquiries regarding valuation of property, residential real estate, commercial real estate, individual personal property and commercial personal property contact:

  • Johnson County Appraiser's Office
    11811 S. Sunset Dr., Suite 2100; Olathe, Kansas; 66061-7060
    Customer Service - (913) 715-9000 | Fax - (913) 715-0010
    Office hours: M-F, 8-5

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Other Customer Inquiries:

Inquiries regarding Mill levies, special assessments, specific tax calculations, legal descriptions, splits and combinations, abatements, taxing districts, address changes, Kansas Homestead Act, Circuit Breaker, or food sales tax refunds contact:

Inquiries regarding current tax payments, delinquent taxes/interest, tax payments and/or refunds or payments under protest contact:

Inquiries regarding Johnson County Government and its services:

Inquiries regarding Wastewater EDU mill levy on tax bill:

  • Wastewater
    11811 S. Sunset Dr., Suite 2500, Olathe, KS 66061
    (913) 715-8500

Inquiries regarding delinquent sales:

Inquires regarding building codes or contractor licensing:

  • Planning and Codes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        111 S Cherry, Olathe, Kansas 66061                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (913) 715-2200

Inquires regarding maps and mapping:

  • Automated Information Mapping System (AIMS)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    111 S. Cherry, STE  2000, Olathe, Kansas 66061                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (913) 715-1600

Inquires related to appeals that are being processed by the state:

  • Kansas.gov/cota/                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eisenhower State Office Building, 700 SW Harrison, Suite 1022, Topeka, KS 66603                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (785) 296-2388



Meet the Appraiser

johnson county appraiser Paul Welcome

Paul A. Welcome serves as County Appraiser for Johnson County, Kansas. As County Appraiser he manages a staff of approximately 86 employees and maintains the valuation and records for approximately 216,000 parcels with a 2015 valuation of approximately $66 billion.

He holds a Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE) designation from the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) by the American Society of Appraisers, and a Registered Mass Appraiser (RMA) for the State of Kansas. On June 30, 2009, he became an eminent Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).

He is a past president of the IAAO (2002-2003) and since 1995 has served on various IAAO committees, in addition to receiving numerous awards with the most recent: the IAAO Verne W. Pottorff, CAE Professional Designee of the Year (September of 2012).

After performing in various capacities with The Appraisal Foundation Board of Trustees since 2004, in 2009 he was elected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Appraisal Foundation which commenced on January 1, 2009. In May of 2012, he was awarded The Appraisal Foundation Chairman's Award.

Welcome is active as a senior facilitator for the IAAO and has worked as an instructor and consultant for the Valuations Offices in London, England and the Valuations Lands Agency in Belfast, Northern Ireland. During the school year , Paul is an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Missouri-Kansas City at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management teaching a graduate program course on Entrepreneurial Management in real estate. He remains an active Senior Instructor each year for the Kansas City Chapter of the IAAO.

His community contributions include: Chairman of the “Jazz in the Woods” concert (annual free event and fundraiser) and President of the Leawood South Homes Association. He is the current President of the Overland Park South Rotary Club chapter.

Prior to being appointed in 1991 as County Appraiser of Johnson County, from 1980 until 1990 Welcome worked in the valuation field in Austin and Abilene, Texas as Deputy Chief Appraiser, Fee Appraiser, Associate Director for Valuations, and Administrator of Appraisal Services.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, he attended Bowling Green State University, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees. After achieving a Masters degree in Business Administration, Welcome entered the United States Air Force and served as an aircraft commander.

Since his arrival in 1991 Johnson County has been found to be in the prestigious position of being in statistical compliance of appraised values each year by the State of Kansas Property Valuation Division. Statistical Compliance means: the values of the property appraised in the county must be within 90 -110% of the appraised value.

Additionally, the County Appraiser's Office has received national recognition from: the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), the National Association of Counties (NACO) and the City, County, Communication and Marketing Association (3CMA).

Johnson County plays an important role in the State of Kansas valuation process. In 2014 the county represented the following contribution in valuation:

  • 32.4 percent (56 billion) in property valuation to the state’s appraised value (residential, commercial and personal property)

  • 31.0 percent or 7.7 billion of the state’s assessed real estate value

  • 33.9 percent of the state’s total assessed value in residential real estate

  • 33.2 percent of the state’s total assessed value in commercial real estate

  • 4.3 percent of the state's assessed value in personal property


Staff Certifications

The Johnson County Appraiser's Office encourages and supports its staff in obtaining the highest standards of education, including certification and designation through recognized professional organizations such as the International Association of Assessing Officers.

Listed below are the names of appraisal staff who have earned a professional designation (title).

To view related guidelines or criteria for any title, please click acronym to jump to designations:


  • Eric Beer, Residential Real Estate Appraiser II | RMA
  • Matthew Berkey, Residential Real Estate District Appraiser | RMA
  • Kyle Blanz, Commercial Real Estate BOTA Supervisor | RMA | RES
  • Debbie Burnett, CRE BOTA Legal Assistant | CSC
  • Mary Carter, Commercial Appraiser l | RMA | RES
  • Shana Casner, Senior Tax Abatement Administrator | CPM
  • Michelle Clark, Commercial Real Estate Appraiser II | RMA | AAS
  • Briar Conner, Residential Real Estate District Appraiser | RMA | RES
  • J Cooper, Residential Agricultural Land Specialist | RMA | RES
  • Michelle Dalton, Support Specialist | CSC
  • Georgette Dixon, Support Specialist | CSC
  • Justin Eimers, Commercial Real Estate Special Project Analyst | RMA
  • Jon Epperson, Commercial Real Estate Appraiser II | RMA
  • Tony Fandel, Residential Real Estate District Appraiser | RMA | RES
  • Kathy Foster, Support Specialist | CSC
  • Laura Gettys, Commercial Real Estate Appraiser II | RMA
  • Kara Glover Endicott, Residential Real Estate Regional Coordinator | RMA | CAE | RES | IAAO Instructor
  • Brian Gough, Commercial Real Estate BOTA Specialist | RMA
  • Patty Hall, Support Specialist | CSC
  • James Hendrickson, Supervisor Commercial Real Estate Valuation | RMA | RES
  • Shannon Hiss, Commercial Real Estate Appraiser II | RMA | RES | IAAO Instructor
  • Jeffrey Holsapple, Assistant County Appraiser | RMA | CAE | RES
  • Kenny Jenkins,Commercial Real Estate Appraiser | RMA | RES
  • Kaleigh Jones-Clark, Residential Real Estate Appraiser II | RES
  • David Knight, Orion Applications Analyst | RMA | RES
  • Darin LaBarge, Commercial Real Estate Appraiser II | RMA
  • Michael Lorius, Residential Real Estate District Appraiser | RMA | RES
  • William Neal, Senior Residential Real Estate Regional Coordinator | RMA | RES
  • Matt Nolte, Residential Real Estate District Appraiser | RMA
  • Tiffany Osborn, Commercial Real Estate BOTA Specialist | RMA | RES
  • T Scott Porter, Manager Commercial Real Estate Valuation | RMA
  • Jeffrey Ramsey, Residential Real Estate Valuation Manager | RMA | CAE | RES
  • Rebecca Roberts, Commercial Real Estate Appraiser II | RMA
  • Eric Serrano, BOTA Specialist | RMA
  • Kevin Skirdulis, GIS Analyst | GISP
  • Cody Sosna, Residential Real Estate District Appraiser | RMA | RES
  • Vince Tobin, Commercial Real Estate Appraiser I | RMA | RES
  • Jerry Tolle, Commercial Real Estate BOTA Specialist | RMA
  • Tracy Weaver, Residential Real Estate Regional Coordinator | RMA | RES
  • Paul Welcome, County Appraiser | RMA | CAE | ASA | FRICS
  • Jeffrey White, Residential Real Estate District Appraiser | RMA | RES
  • Cynthia Yarnell, Commercial Real Estate Appraiser | RMA



To earn the Assessment Administration Specialist a candidate must:

  • Meet general IAAO and educational requirements
  • Complete IAAO educational courses 101, 102, 400 and 402
  • Complete an assessment administration case study examination, research project or evaluation of a jurisdiction's assessment process


The ASA is awarded by the American Society of Appraisers:

  • To earn the Accredited Senior Appraiser, a candidate must complete appropriate combination of education and work experience.


To earn the Certified Assessment Evaluator a candidate must:

  • Have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Have five years experience in assessment or appraising
  • Complete IAAO courses 1, 2, 7 and 201 or equivalents (250 hours)
  • Complete a residential demonstration report
  • Complete a commercial project or demonstration report
  • Complete a Standards of Practice workshop
  • Pass an eight-hour comprehensive examination


To earn the Certified Administrative Professional a candidate must:

  • Complete appropriate combination of education and work experience
  • Complete the CAP examination


To earn the Certified Commercial Investment Member a candidate must:

  • Complete appropriate combination of course work
  • Have appropriate work experience in the commercial real estate investment field
  • Successfully complete a comprehensive examination to earn the CCIM designation


To earn the Certified Public Accountant a candidate must:

  • Complete baccalaureate degree with 150 college hours
  • Have appropriate work experience
  • Pass the Uniform CPA examination


To earn the Certified Public Manager designation a candidate must:

  • Complete 300 hours of classroom and research time
  • Develop a Capstone project
  • Create a final presentation


To earn the Certified Professional Secretary a candidate must:

  • Complete appropriate combination of education and work experience
  • Complete examination on finance, business law, office systems, administration, and management


To become Customer Service Certified the candidate must:

  • Complete 32 hours of course work
    • Five core courses
    • Two elective courses
  • Develop a personal action plan
  • Implement the action plan in daily work


The Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)The RICS, established in 1881, is one of the most respected and high-profile global standards and membership organizations for professionals involved in land, property, construction, and related environmental issues. The FRICS designation, the most prestigious category of RICS membership, is awarded in recognition of an individual’s achievements in the practice of real estate, including following a strict code of conduct and upholding the highest standards of education and professional training


To earn the Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a candidate must have a broad foundation and specific minimums in each of the three achievement categories listed below that must be met or exceeded.

GISPs must recertify every five years. Points must be earned in the five year window following the initial certification date and before the recertification date.

  • Educational Achievement: A degree along with formal and informal learning activities and coursework. This section awards points for university courses, workshops, training, and conference attendance.
  • Professional Experience: Professional positions claimed by the applicant involving duties related to GIS and geospatial technology.
  • Contributions to Profession: Activities benefiting the profession as a whole. These are broken down into six categories; publications, association involvement, conference participation, workshop instruction, awards, and related community contributions. Sample activities include writing articles, being a member of a local user group, presenting papers, organizing GIS - Daily activities, volunteering, etc.



All Appraisal Institute members holding the MAI (or SRA or SRP) designation are required to:

  • Complete rigorous education requirements, submit extensive specialized appraisal experience, demonstrate appraisal report writing abilities and potentially pass a comprehensive examination. All requirements to obtain the MAI, SRA or SRPA designations are significantly above the state and federal requirements.
  • Conduct his or her professional activities in accordance with the Appraisal Institute’s Code of Professional Ethics and are subject to a peer review process, which enforces the Code of Professional Ethics.
  • Adhere to strict continuing education requirements to ensure they are up-to-date with the evolving real estate field. In addition, the Appraisal Institute’s MAI, SRA and SRPA designations have long been recognized by courts of law, government agencies, financial institutions and investors as marks of excellence in the field of real estate valuation and analysis.


To earn the Personal Property Specialist (PPS) a candidate must:

  • Be an IAAO member
  • Be a candidate in the PPS program
  • Have three years of experience in the personal property valuation system
  • Complete three educational courses
  • Perform a demonstration appraisal report
  • Complete the PPS Master Examination


To earn the Residential Evaluation Specialist (RES) a candidate must:

  • The candidate must be an IAAO member and a candidate in good standing in the RES program
  • The candidate must have at least three (3) years of experience in appraising residential real property
  • The candidate must have credit for the following five (5) educational courses or their equivalents

1. IAAO Course 101: Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal
2. IAAO Course 102: Income Approach to Valuation
3. IAAO Course 300: Fundamentals of Mass Appraisal
4. IAAO Course 311: Residential Modeling Concepts
5. IAAO 151 Workshop: Standards of Practice and Professional Ethics (Examination can not be challenged).

  • The candidate must have satisfactorily completed either:
    1. A real property demonstration appraisal report, using all recognized approaches to value, on a single-family residence

    If a candidate for a RES is also on an equivalent real property appraiser certification or licensing track administered by an organization, country, province or state requiring successful completion of a real property demonstration appraisal report, the candidate may seek a waiver of the IAAO requirement by submitting the appraisal report approved by his/her organization, country, province or state satisfying section D.1. provided that the organization, country, province or state has previously entered into a real property demonstration appraisal report and grading standards waiver agreement with the IAAO.

    2. Or Case Study Exam and IAAO 20.1

    3. A real property demonstration appraisal report on the computer-assisted valuation of a group of residential properties

    4. The candidate must pass a four-hour RES Master Examination. This examination can be given only after all other requirements have been met.

    5. Upon successfully completing the RES Master Examination, the candidate must submit an affidavit attesting to experience before the designation can be conferred.

    6. The candidate must be a high school graduate or the equivalent.


To earn the Registered Mass Appraiser (RMA), the candidate must:

  • Complete IAAO Course 1 and 2 or equivalent
  • Complete IAAO Standards & Ethics
  • Complete Property Tax Law Course
  • Complete Personal Property course
  • Complete Mass Appraiser course
  • Have additional education totaling 30 hours for a total of 180 hours
  • Be experienced with 6,000 hours of mass appraisal experience
  • Complete Kansas Property Valuation Department's eligibility examination
  • Complete case studies in residential and commercial
  • Complete continuing education of 120 hours every four years