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By law, the County Appraiser is responsible for listing and valuing property in a uniform and equal manner. The Appraiser estimates only the value of your property. The amount of taxes you pay depends on the budgets set by your city, county, school and other taxing districts. K.S.A 79-503a, K.S.A 79-1412a, K.S.A 79-1476
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Your tax dollars are used by city, county and other taxing districts to provide funding for:
In addition, property taxes also help fund local school districts.
If your property value goes up, it does not necessarily mean you will pay more taxes. Likewise, if your property goes down or does not change, it does not automatically mean you will pay less or the same amount of taxes. Your property taxes are based on how much the various taxing districts decide to spend on services each year.
The value of your property may change each year – it depends on several things. If you make improvements to your home, such as adding a garage, the value may go up. The value may also change (up or down) because of recent sales in your neighborhood. The County Appraiser continually updates sales prices and other information on homes all over the county.
The County Appraiser appraises your home at “market value” as it exists the first day of January each year. Market value is the amount of money a well-informed buyer would pay and a well-informed seller would accept for property in an open and competitive market without any influence. (K.S.A 79-503a)
When valuing your home, the appraiser takes into account these qualities of your home:
The appraiser then uses one or more of the following three methods to value your property:
State law requires the county appraiser to visually inspect 17% of all property in the county every year and to re-examine every property on a six-year cycle.
Not necessarily - one sale by itself does not determine market value. The price you paid for your home is first verified by the County Appraiser and then pooled with sales of similar homes. The appraiser uses this information to value your home. Also, market conditions may have changed in the last year.
You should receive the “notice of value” on your home (land and buildings) from the County Appraiser by March 1. If your County Appraiser asks the state for an extension, it may be later than March 1 before you get your notice of value.
There are two ways to challenge the value of your home:
You cannot appeal using both methods for the same property in the same tax year. So, if you start to appeal your “Notice of Value,” be sure that you follow through with the appeal. You will not be allowed to “pay under protest” later. K.S.A 79-2005.
If you are not satisfied with the results of your appeal at the county level, the next step in the appeals process is to take your case to the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals. For more information on appeals, please contact your local County Appraiser’s Office.
The mill levy is the "tax rate" that is applied to the assessed value of your property. It consists of a local portion which is used to fund area services and statewide portion which is used to fund state institutions. The Legislature and Governor reduced the local school general fund levy from 35 mills to 27 mills beginning in 1997. In addition, the first 20,000 in the appraised value of your home is exempt from the school general fund mill levy.
Note: If your home is appraised for less than $20,000 simply use your appraised value instead of the $20,000 appraised values and follow the same procedures as shown in the example. Please refer to the mill levy question and call your local County Clerk or Appraiser’s Office if you have any questions regarding this exemption.
The County Treasurer mails tax bills on or before December 15th. All or at least half of the tax due by December 20th and the second half is due by May 10th of the following year. If you have a mortgage loan on your property, you will receive a statement with tax information on it. Your tax bill will be sent to the mortgage company or bank, and the tax will be paid out of your escrow account.
The Kansas Homestead Refund Act provides a refund to Kansans who own their homes or pay rent and meet one of the following three requirements:
In addition, you must meet all the following requirements:
If you meet the qualifications, you must file with the Kansas Department of Revenue Homestead Section between January 1 and April 15 in order to receive a refund. If you would like additional information, call the Kansas Department of Revenue at 785-296-0222 or contact the Geary County Clerks Office for more information
Yes. You can choose to have someone else represent you during an appeal however we need to have a Declaration of Representative (PDF) filled out for the tax year you are protesting.
The current Tax Levies are published every year by the County Clerks office usually towards the end of the calendar year and can be viewed on-line as a downloadable PDF.
The County Appraiser's Office asks for Income and Expense information from businesses within the county to help analyze what is happening locally in the market for income producing properties. It give us an indication of the expenses and vacancy rate which we use in our income approach to valuation model. Per state guidance the Appraiser's Office is required to send out income and expense questionnaire. The taxpayer is not required to return them but it will help in providing us with vital data to use in our Income Approach. All returned Income and Expense information is Confidential and will handled with complete privacy and are not subject to an open records request (K.S.A 45-221 (55)(b))
Article 11 in the Constitution of the State of Kansas lays out the assessment rate for each type of property within the State of Kansas. The table below are the most common property classes and their assessment rates in Geary County. You may also find this table on the back of your Valuation Notice that is sent to your mailing address every year.