Archive for Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wyandotte County residents have 2 weeks left to protest property valuations

March 17, 2011

Residents have just two more weeks if they want to protest the property valuations sent out by the Wyandotte County appraiser March 1.

Real property valuation notices were mailed out by the county March 1, so property owners have until March 31 to consider the new valuations placed upon their property and whether they wish to file an appeal if they consider the valuation too high or too low.

Gene Bryan, director of the county appraiser’s office, said the county usually has about 1.5 percent of property owners appeal. Last year, there were 1,033 informal appeals — a drop from the 1,600 appeals in 2009.

He said of the 2010 appeals, less than half were residential and made up 1.2 percent of total residential properties. That number is slightly lower than usual because last year saw a large spike on appeal filings for commercial properties.

“When the markets are down, most commercial tax representatives file (appeals) whether they have a case or not, so a lot get withdrawn or canceled,” he said.

While the overall valuation will change after the appeals process, Bryan said on average, there was not a big change in valuation numbers.

He said countywide, residential property appraised values were down about 2.8 percent. Commercial was up about 4.8 percent, but a good portion of that is due to the new construction in the Village West area.

But Bryan said those numbers don’t necessarily reflect average values for Bonner Springs and Edwardsville, which Bryan did not have available.

“That market quite frankly has been holding up very well the past few years from the sales that we’ve seen,” he said.

The county issued a clarification for the valuation notices after they were sent, Bryan said, as some notices contained incorrect 2011 appraised and assessed values for the class code on the property.

If the appraised and assessed value to the right of the classification code does not equal the total appraised or assessed value at the bottom of the column, property owners should disregard those values. The listed total appraised and assessed values are correct.

Property owners or authorized agents can appeal a valuation by filling out the appeal form on the back of each valuation notice and mailing or bringing it to the appraiser’s office, 8200 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Phone calls are not encouraged because callers may encounter unusually long waiting periods.

Instructions for filling out an appeal are available online.

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