INFORMAL APPEALS WILL BEGIN MARCH 18th 2020
If you wish to appeal the value or classification of your property, contact the county appraiser's office within 30 days from the mailing date of 3/06/2020 on your notice to schedule an informal meeting. All informal meetings must be completed by May 8th. Please have your property's address or QUICK REF ID from the notice ready when you call. The county appraiser's customer service phone number is 785-229-3480. Note: If the property owner is going to be represented by someone else at the informal meeting, the property owner must complete and file a "Declaration of Representation" form with the appraiser's office prior to the date of the meeting. The county will send confirmation of the time and date of the scheduled informal meeting at least ten days prior to the meeting. Within a few days after the informal meeting, you will receive a decision in the mail from the county appraiser's office.
The deadline to file an informal appeal is April 6th, 2020. If you do not appeal within the 30 days, you can still protest the value or classification of your property when you pay your taxes through a Payment Under Protest appeal (PUP). By law, you cannot appeal both at the time of notice and when you pay your taxes for the same property in the same tax year.
During the informal meeting, the appraiser will explain how the value was determined. During or before the meeting, you should review the record on your property to be sure all the information such as age, style and size is correct. You should also review information the appraiser's office has on properties comparable to your own and sales of comparable properties. The burden of proof for residential property valuation is the duty of the county appraiser's office. However, supplying the appraiser with supporting documentation to validate your opinion of value for the property under appeal is recommended.
Please remember that the county appraiser is required by law to value property in a uniform and equal manner and should not be considered an adversary. The county does not receive more money by raising property values. The money needed for local services is set during budget hearings held in August. Increases or decreases in property values do not change the amount of tax dollars needed for local services.
A comprehensive guide to the appeal process in Kansas is available free of charge in our office or you can print an online copy by clicking this link GUIDE TO APPEALS. If you have any questions please contact the Franklin County Appraiser's office. (785) 229-3480
Legislation Regarding Commercial/Industrial property valuation appeals
Appealing the value of leased commercial and industrial property The county appraiser's value of leased commercial and industrial property shall be presumed to be valid and correct unless the taxpayer has furnished the county appraiser with a complete income and expense statement for the property for the three (3) preceding years. This complete income and expense information must be furnished to the county appraiser within 30 calendar days following the informal meeting of either the notice of value appeals (K.S.A. 79-1448) or payment under protest appeals (K.S.A. 79-2005). This would apply to appeals proceeding to the small claims and expedited hearings division of the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals (K.S.A. 74-2433f) or the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals (K.S.A. 79-1609). House Substitute for Senate Bill 83 § 11, 13, and 14, amending K.S.A. 74-2433f, K.S.A. 79-1448, K.S.A. 79-1609.