What facts should I bring to a meeting or hearing?
The county's value is not presumed to be correct; the county must show how they determined the value of your property. However, don't take for granted that you will win your appeal because the county must support its value. Be ready to show why your value is more accurate. You will want to provide information that supports your request for a lower value. Some examples are:
  • Recent sales information about property similar in condition, quality, style, age and location. The Appraiser's Office will provide you with a comparable sales sheet for your home or similar homes upon request. Allow several days for processing and mail time.
  • A Sales contract for your property if it was purchased within the last 2 to 3 years.
  • Photos and contract / engineering estimates of the cost to repair any structural damage the county did not fully consider.
  • A recent appraisal report for your property prepared by a fee appraiser.
  • Rent income and expense information if the property is an income-producing investment (example: apartment building).

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1. What can I do if I believe the value of my property is too high?
2. What Information from the County Appraiser's Office should I request and review in advance?
3. What facts should I bring to a meeting or hearing?
4. What can I expect during an informal meeting with the County Appraiser?
5. What is a BOTA Small Claims Division hearing?
6. What is a Kansas Board of Tax Appeals (BOTA) hearing like?
7. Can another person attend hearings on my behalf?
8. If I bought this property last year, shouldn't the value be the same as what I paid for it?
9. The county must satisfy certain burdens of proof on appeal.