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    Appraised Value
    1. Why appraise property?
    2. How is an appraisal performed?
    3. Why does the appraised value change?
    Appeals Process
    1. When should I file an appeal?
    2. How do I file an appeal based upon my Notice of Value?
    3. What happens after I appeal?
    4. How do I change my hearing date and time?
    General
    1. Who do I contact to change the mailing and/or billing address for real estate?
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    Appraised Value

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    QWhy appraise property?
    AAn appraisal is the method established by Kansas statute to determine a property owner's share of the taxes that support schools, roads, health and human service programs, parks, and police and fire protection. The county appraiser is responsible for listing and valuing property in a uniform and equal manner. The state closely monitors counties for their accuracy in valuing property. Wyandotte County has consistently been found to be in compliance with the state requirements since 1992 when the state directive was issued. Remember, the Appraiser's Office does notset taxes. The amount of taxes you pay depends on the budgets set by your governing bodies - such as the state, county, cities, and school districts.

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    QHow is an appraisal performed?
    AThe county appraiser is required to visit your property at least once every six years. First, the appraiser will attempt to interview the property owner. Then an exterior inspection is done. The appraiser will look for changes such as a room addition or the construction of a deck, verify the dimensions, check for structural damage, and determine the property's general condition. Back in the office, the appraiser uses computer-generated data to analyze the property based upon its age, size, style of construction and replacement costs. Sales data is also reviewed and analyzed.

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    QWhy does the appraised value change?
    AThe value of your property could change from year to year, depending on several things. If you made improvements, such as adding a room, finishing a basement, or building a garage, the value will probably go up. If a major structural problem develops, such as a foundation crack, the value will probably go down. The value may also go up or down because of recent sales in your neighborhood. The county appraiser continually monitors sale prices and other information on homes all over the county.

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    Appeals Process

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    QWhen should I file an appeal?
    AIf you believe your property is valued fairly but taxes are too high, an appeal probably won't help. Instead you should attend the public hearings held by the governmental groups that set tax rates. Each invites public comment. If you think the appraised value is more than you would reasonably get if you sold your property, you should consider an appeal. Remember the Appraiser is required to value all property at "fair market value." Reviewing real estate advertisements or visiting with real estate professionals can also provide helpful information about market conditions.

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    QHow do I file an appeal based upon my Notice of Value?
    AThe Informal appeal form and instructions are on the back of the Notice of Appraised Value mailed to you on March 1st of each year. You may attend in person or request a telephone hearing (available on a limited basis). By law, you must file your appeal 30 days subsequent to the date of mailing of the valuation notice (K.S.A. 79-1448).

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    QWhat happens after I appeal?
    AYou will be notified by mail at least 10 days prior of the date of the hearing with a confirmation letter stating the hearing date and time. Once you start this appeal, be sure to pursue it to your satisfaction. If you drop it, you cannot appeal later on the same property in the same tax year.

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    QHow do I change my hearing date and time?
    AIf you are unable to make the scheduled hearing date and/or time, please call the Appraiser's Office (913) 573-8400 to reschedule.

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    General

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    QWho do I contact to change the mailing and/or billing address for real estate?
    AContact the Clerk's Office: (913) 573-2874)

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