Thousands question county property appraisals


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More than three times as many property owners as last year disagreed with or questioned the new value the county said their property was worth, after the first statewide reassessment in a decade.

About 3,770 property owners across the county want assessors to take another look at the new value of their property or have a question about how it was calculated, Johnson County Assessor Mark Alexander said. He initially expected that 2 to 3 percent of property owners, or about 1,700 people, would appeal.

That estimate was more in line with how many appeals the county gets in an ordinary year, when assessments are updated based on sales data. This year, nearly all property values changed.

But until the calls came flooding in, Alexander hadn’t known exactly what to expect this year, when about half of property values in Johnson County increased after the first statewide reassessment since 2002.

The deadline to appeal the new value before this year’s tax bills has passed. The county is now calculating how the new values will affect tax bills. You will find out if your tax bill went up, down or stayed the same this spring.

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