Archive for Thursday, March 5, 2009

Basehor valuation increases, bucking area trend

March 5, 2009

There was virtually no growth in property valuation in Leavenworth County, according to the county Appraiser’s Office, but two cities in the southern part of the county did show some valuation increases.

On Friday, the office mailed out the change-of-value notices to property owners in the county.

Overall appraised valuation for the county was $4.06 billion, which Donna Graf, county appraiser, said was a negligible increase from 2008. The county, cities, school districts and other taxing entities use property valuations as one piece in calculating annual property taxes.

The city of Basehor showed an overall 4.1 percent increase in valuation to $347.68 million for 2009. City Administrator Carl Slaugh said the valuation increase was not as substantial as it was the previous year, and that this was related to the current economic state.

“There weren’t as many building permits issued in 2008, and that’s just because of the economy,” Slaugh said.

Comparatively, Basehor has not taken a big hit in valuation, Slaugh said.

"For a small community, our decrease was not as pronounced as other surrounding communities," he said.

Despite the tough times, Slaugh said that Basehor had continued to see steady residential growth.

The city of Tonganoxie also had a slight increase. The overall appraised valuation for the city was $267.57 million, an increase of about 1.1 percent. That is down from the almost 4 percent growth Tonganoxie had last year and down from the more than 7 percent growth the year before.

“At least we are not going backwards,” said Kathy Bard, Tonganoxie assistant city administrator. “Proper growth still remains somewhat steady, but the shut off increase in growth has offset any decrease in existing valuation.”

Graf said these were uncertified numbers and the official numbers would not be available until June.

The change-of-value notices property owners will receive will list the 2008 and 2009 appraised value plus classification information, assessment percentages, tax information and information on how to start an appeal.

Graf said residents should contact the Appraiser’s Office at (913) 684-0440 if they do not receive a valuation.

Residents have 30 days from the time the notice is changed to appeal the changes. Residents can schedule to conduct an appeal hearing in person or over the telephone, but Graf said all information the appraiser needs to consider for the hearing needs to be given at the Appraiser’s Office before the hearing date.

Graf said residents were allowed only one appeal, so if someone fails to appear at a hearing without canceling or rescheduling they will forfeit their appeal for that valuation year.

If the property owner wants to be represented by another individual, they must sign a declaration of representation before the informal hearing. The declaration is available at the Appraiser’s Office.

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