Archive for Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Leavenworth County appraisals rise 9%

March 20, 2002

Leavenworth County residents saw an average increase of 9 percent on their assessed residential valuations from the previous year.

The valuation notices were mailed to county residents in early March.

Commercial property also increased by an average of 6 percent, according to the Leavenworth County appraiser's office.

The city showing the largest increases in residential valuations in the county were Tonganoxie at 16 percent and Basehor at 15 percent over last year's average.

Other cities that showed an increase were:

Linwood at 6 percent in the first taxing district and 7 percent in the second taxing district.

Leavenworth at 5 percent in the first taxing district and 11 percent in the second district.

Lansing at 8 percent

The city of Easton, which has two taxing districts, showed no-gain in the first district, and a 25 percent decrease in the second district. The decrease in valuation was largely due to heavy flooding last summer, Leavenworth County appraiser Donna Graff said.

All properties may not increase by the same amount.

Graff said development was a big reason for the increases in Tonganoxie and Basehor.

"There's a lot more happening there now," Graff said. "You have things down there that didn't happen last year.

"In the southern part and rural areas, you're seeing tracts being split and subdivisions being built. There's more development."

Graff said the Falcon Lakes development and golf course was a reason for the increase in Basehor residents' valuations.

Falcon Lakes is a 450- to 500- home development on Kansas Highway 7. A golf course in the development is currently under construction.

The Basehor City Council annexed the Falcon Lakes development last year.

Graff said valuations would continue to rise in southern Leavenworth County as long as development continues.

"It's a logical assumption," she said.

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