Sumner County appraiser: The task of correcting misclassified property and what that means

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Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Rick · 385 weeks ago When the appeals process fails 100% of the time, what does that tell you about the system? Report Reply 1 reply · active 385 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 385 weeks ago It tells me you have some land that probably is being used for recreation and dont want to pay the taxes due Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Guest · 385 weeks ago We tried an appeals process a couple of years ago and I would have to say it wasn’t an appeals process. No one oversaw the appeal, we just went in to the office and talked with the appraiser. She basically said this was how it was to be. A true appeal would have statements from both sides and someone overseeing and making the decision. The worst part about it was that there is currently land within a couple of miles from ours with the same make up that is still classified as agricultural land and we were told that they did the reclassification one area at a time. I guess they haven’t made it back to our area yet! Report Reply 0 replies · active 385 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 385 weeks ago I did an appeal process about 4 yrs ago on our property…we went first in front of appraiser and then in front of the panel of appeals.. didn’t matter…you wil pretty much waste your time because they won’t lower it much…but yet I offered to sell my property for what they appraised it for and that was a NO…lol…sumner county…they are gettng alot of money off the casino…lower our taxes a couple hundred dollars…then make sure they get hiked back up for the next year. Where is our money going? It’s not being used for our roads…and improvements to the community … Report Reply 0 replies · active 385 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow by Della Rowley, County appraiser — Over the past few years, Sumner County Appraiser’s Office has been in the process of correcting misclassed property for ad valorem taxation purposes.  What does that mean exactly?All classification for ad valorem taxation is to be assigned to property following the Kansas Constitution, Article 11.  Those classifications are assigned to property when a use of the property is reviewed or changed by property owner and/or tenants. This is usually when a property sells or it is discovered during our 6-year reinspections that are required by law to do.Once a classification is placed on the property, the correct valuation is applied by the county appraiser.  An example would be agricultural land following KSA 79-1476, is to be valued “…upon the basis of the agricultural income or productivity….” at ag-use value.In other words, ag-use land is not on at market value.   Another example is “Other” classification, which is a classification that covers any property that does not qualify under the other classes, such as vacant lots, residential or commercial, etc.  The “Other” classification property is on at fair market value as of January 1 each year.When reappraisal was done in the mid 1980’s, some land primarily along the three rivers, was classified as ag use and valued for the most part as waste.  This was not, as a general rule, the correct classification.  Agricultural use in Kansas is defined in KSA 79-1476 as “land which is devoted to the production of plants, animals or horticultural products.”It further states that “…agricultural use shall not include those lands which are used for recreational purposes,…suburban residential acreages, rural home sites or farm home sites and yard plots…even though such properties may produce or maintain some of those plants or animals listed in the foregoing definition.”  The other classification acres of land were utilized for recreational use, they had cabins, some other use or no use at all.New technology, as in clearer aerial photography, and GIS Mapping, has allowed the appraiser’s office the ability to view these “Other Classification” properties and reclassify them correctly.  This has resulted in valuing land that was misclassed and valued at $10.00 an acre to correcting the classification and putting it on at market value.  Market value on “Other” classification is valued at $2,210 an acre for 2013 tax year in Sumner County.Why not just leave this land on at the improper classification of ag use?  The obvious answer is one of the duties of the Kansas County Appraiser, according to KSA 79-503a, is to place “The proper classification of lands and improvements;” to a property.  The other reason is just to do what is correct and fair to all taxpayers in Sumner County.Two different properties owners have appealed the county’s decision to the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals (COTA) and the county’s classification was upheld.  Both of these cases can be found on line at http://www.kscaa.net/report/.The property owners that have changes occurring in 2013 and the previous years have been communicated with and that line of communications remains open on all types of property in the county.  The appeals process is in place for the property owner to contest the determination of the county.  The county does not always prevail and will assist property owners through the appeal process if assistance is needed.The biggest help to both the property owner and the County Appraiser’s Office is communication between both parties.  If questions or concerns arise, come into the office anytime or set up an appointment so a discussion can ensue on these issues.  Kansas Statutes and guidelines set forth by The Kansas Department of Revenue’s Division of Property Valuation, places some limitations on the county appraiser, but some decisions are judgmental ones based upon experience and knowledge.  No one knows their property better than someone who owns that property.  Sharing that information with us assists in those decisions.last_img

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