County Appraiser

Mailing of Change of Valuation Notice

If you wish to appeal the value or classification of your property, contact the county’s appraisers office within 30 days from the mailing date of this notice to schedule an informal meeting. All informal meetings must be completed by May15th. Please have your parcel number ready when you call. the County Appraiser office phone number of (620) 549-3540. Note: If the property owner is going to be represented by someone else at the informal meeting, the property owner must complete and file a “Declaration of Representation” form with the appraiser’s office prior to the date of the meeting.

The county will send confirmation of the time and date of the scheduled informal meeting at least ten days prior to the meeting. Within a few days after the informal meeting, you will receive a decision in the mail from the county appraiser’s office.

If you do not appeal within 30 days, you can still protest the value or classification of your property when you pay your taxes, or by January 31st if taxes are paid out of an escrow account or by a tax service. By law, you cannot appeal both at the time of notice and when you pay your taxes for the same property in the same tax year.

During the informal meeting, the appraiser will explain how the value was determined. During or before the meeting, you should review the record on your property to be sure all the information such as age, style and size are correct. You should also review the information the appraiser’s office has on properties comparable to your own and sales of comparable properties. The burden of proof for residential property valuation is the duty of the county appraiser’s office. However, supplying the appraiser with supporting documentation to validate your opinion of value for the property under appeal is recommended.

Please remember that the county appraiser is required by law to value property in a uniform and equal manner and should not be considered an adversary. The county does not receive more money by raising property values.. The money needed for local services is set during budget hearings held in August. Increases or decreases in property values do not change the amount of tax dollars needed for local services.

Appeal Schedule

Month Appeal Information
March 1 Starting An Appeal
April 1 Oil and gas renditions due.**
May 1 Notices of appraised value mailed to personal property owners.
May 10 Second half of taxes due.
Second half Payment Under Protest payment deadline from previous year.
May 15 Deadline for filing a personal property valuation appeal.
Date real property valuation appeals completed at informal level.
May 20 Last date for decisions from real property valuation appeal changes to be mailed.
Commercial real estate formal hearings begin.
June 15 Appraiser certifies appraisal roll to County Clerk.
July 1 Certify Tax Increment Finance (TIF) values to County Clerk.
November 1 Tax bills mailed to property owners
December 20 First half Payment Under Protest payment due.
If a deadline falls on a weekend or legal holiday, the last day to file is automatically extended to the next business day.

*See penalty schedule below for late filings.

**Oil and gas penalty schedule is moved back 15 days for each component of the schedule.

Filing An Equalization Appeal

If you disagree with the results of your meeting with the County Appraiser, you have 30 days from the mailing date of this notification within which to file an appeal, with either the regular division or the small claims and expedited hearings division (referred to as “small claims”) of the Court of Tax Appeals.

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