This week, Johnson County homeowners will begin receiving annual appraisal notices.
According to County Appraiser Beau Boisvert, a rise in the county’s house and apartment market demand means almost all homeowners in the county — nearly 98%, in fact — will see increases in their house’s property value.
In turn, this will likely mean increases in homeowners’ property taxes.
“It is becoming a bidding war,” Boisvert told Johnson County’s Board of County Commissioners last week, describing the ongoing competitive real estate market in Johnson County. “Even with coming out of COVID, people want to be here (in Johnson County) because of what we have to offer.”
Once residents receive notice of their home’s appraised value for 2022, they have the option of appealing it.
Here’s what that process looks like.
How long do residents have to appeal?
- Residents who want to file an appeal have until March 30 to do so.
- A form for filing to appeal comes included on the back of the appraisal notices each property owner will receive this week.
- This form can be filled out online or mailed to the Johnson County Appraiser’s Office at 111 South Cherry Street #2100 in Olathe.
What information is needed to support the filing?
- Evidence that might come in handy during the appeal includes: recent appraisals or sales contracts, photos of structural damage, copies of recent estimates for repairs and recent data on similar property sales nearby
- Anyone filing an appeal should make note of the property’s characteristics as listed in the appraiser’s records. This includes things like lot size, condition, numbers of bedrooms and bathrooms and square footage of the living area.
- Residents can get a list of comparable property sales in the area by calling or visiting the appraiser office’s website to compare characteristics.
What happens after I appeal?
- The appeal process then goes to an informal hearing, which will be scheduled once the office has reviewed a submitted filing.
- Homeowners can choose to schedule an in-person hearing, a hearing by telephone or a hearing solely by evidence — meaning the office would review the submitted supporting evidence and get back to the homeowner with a verdict.
- All informal hearings happen before mid-May, and results will be mailed on May 20.
What happens if I don’t agree with an appeal verdict?
- If the resident isn’t satisfied with the results of their hearing, they can pursue a further hearing with the Small Claims Division of the State Board of Tax Appeals.
- They have 30 days after the informal hearing to appeal to the next level if they want to.
- Click here for more information about appealing a property’s appraised value.