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A Word in Edgewise

By Commissioner Tim Norton

March 10, 2016

Sedgwick County started sending out property value notices beginning March 1 for residential properties whose values changed.

Of the approximately 168,000 residential parcels, 53 percent increased in value, eight percent decreased in value and 39 percent remained the same.  The typical increase for residential property is around three percent. 

Most value changes are the result of a changing market, new construction, property updates or deterioration, or market equalization.

State law requires the county appraiser to maintain a median ratio of appraised value to sale price between 90 and 110 percent.  Compliance with this standard measured every year when the Property Valuation Division of the Kansas Department of Revenue performs its annual ratio study. 

Every year there are citizens who have questions about their property valuation notice or think their values do not reflect market value.  Because the system used is a mass appraisal system that strives to have fair and equitable values that reflect the changing market locally and across the state, these will be cases where properties might be over or under valued. 

In cases when property owners think their values are not accurate, they can fill out the back of their value notice and return it to the Sedgwick County Appraiser within 30 days of the mailed date shown on the front of the valuation notice.  This triggers an informal hearing to discuss your valuations with representatives of the appraiser's office.  In the event that this meeting does not satisfy the valuation issues, a request to be heard by the Board of Tax Appeals Small Claims Division can be made. 

Most informal hearings will happen between March 15 and May 1.  Times will be scheduled during this time period that accommodates the citizen. 

Commissioners have little input into the property valuation system or the outcomes.  I am always available to discuss individual protests but am not in the decision-making loop on final dispensation of values.  I urge citizens with questions to call the Sedgwick County Appraiser's Office at 316-660-9110.

Video Files

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