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December 27, 2008

JoCo property valuations

Finn Bullers’ article “Johnson County delays raises” (12/19, Local) speaks a lot for hard economic times for the county.

But I must take issue with the appraiser Paul Welcome when he said property valuations were at historic lows. My annual notice of valuation from his office for 2008 does not reflect “historic lows.” In fact, it reflects an $800 increase.

I am certain that my home is not the only Johnson County property that reflects an increase. Are we making up for all those property lots that are worth nothing?

Bill Mace
Overland Park

Comments

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

So what if it's green and will 'save; 10% in electricity after 50 years.

Stifled Freedom

Tina, it was also very expensive to build....and they used our tax dollars for it.

TinaMcG

"Anyway, it must be working. Have you seen the new JOCO appraiser office building on 119th. Quite a lavish facility.....all built on tax revenue....in order to cook up ways to get more revenue. Sort of like perpetual motion. "

For your information, that building on 119th and Ridgeview is home to several JoCo county offices, including the appraiser's office, JoCo Environmental, and the K-State Research and Extension office, where I sometimes volunteer.

It is a fully sustainable GREEN building, made largely from recycled materials. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, it's the most environmentally responsible and energy efficient building in the county.

Go visit sometime. It's a public building, after all. The exact address is 11811 Sunset, Olathe.

Mike4Freedom

Don't miss the opportunity to challenge the valuation each year. Look carefully at the comparables they name. How close they really are to your house both in distance and features. Look to see how much of those values are sale prices and how much are adjustments for feature differences.

The adjustment system is a true scam. They can take a house that sold for $50K less than yours and is miles away and adjust it to make your house seem more valuable.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

Our property value did not go down and has continued to increase at a reasonable rate. We will however continue to inquire and demand accountability on how the county comes to their figures and calcualations. We will then follow suit and pay them in unrolled pennies and face being arrested for doing nothing more than paying a tax bill with legitimate currency. We have no problem paying reasonable taxes provided hotse tax dollar are accounted for, hardly do we think a lavish Ciyt Hall, leather furntiure, flat screens through out the facility along with expensive art, anything remotely sensible. Government doing what is does well, spend and take, take and spend.
I always make it a point to wear my "F*** The Government" T-shirt when going down to pay my tax bills.

Stifled Freedom

The county prefers to use a computer system to assign property values. The model likely has a lot of input variables by the user which are set to provide the highest value. They would not want to use actual sales data.

Anyway, it must be working. Have you seen the new JOCO appraiser office building on 119th. Quite a lavish facility.....all built on tax revenue....in order to cook up ways to get more revenue. Sort of like perpetual motion.

TinaMcG

Our property taxes increased over $500 for 2008, leaving us wondering the same thing, Bill. Every one of our neighbors saw property tax reductions this year, so what's going on with our property? Even our neighbors with a full acre more than we have are paying a lower tax rate than we are. We will protest it, for sure.

 
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