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Homeowners concerned for higher taxes after property values jump in Sedgwick County

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Published: Mar. 3, 2020 at 10:50 PM CST
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Sedgwick County has more complaints than ever before after property appraisals went out this week in the mail.

More than 80% of homeowners will see a jump in their home values for 2020. The average home value increased by six-percent in Sedgwick County.

County Commissioner Jim Howell says he's taken the phone calls from concerned homeowners.

"Some of the increases are really quite large, I talked to someone just a little bit ago today, and he has seen an $80,000 increase in his home in the last three years. Some of that is explainable, but really a lot of that is not," said Howell.

The county says if a property owner made no changes to their property then the change in value is driven by the current market. The jump is most likely caused by a home in your neighborhood that sold at a higher price.

"Remember, this is a seller’s market. There is a significant imbalance between supply and demand. Demand far exceeds the supply of housing inventory. The number of days that a single-family residence is on the market is at historically low levels," said the county.

Sedgwick County appraiser Mark Clark says in a matter of days, 196 homeowners have already made appeals.

"If you feel that your value is unequal to similar properties in the area, or you feel like your property is not truly market value, that it's above or below market value, please, I encourage you to appeal," said Clark.

Gary and Lisa Fullbright say they plan to do just that after their home value increased by $13,000.

"Every year, it just keeps going up, and I don't know for what, I could understand if we put siding on the house," said Gary. "We haven't done anything in the last five years. And it just keeps going up every year. It's ridiculous."

In 2019, nearly 3,000 homeowners in Sedgwick County made appeals and nearly 60-percent won their case.

"We are not perfect, we are human, we do make mistakes, and that is one reason we have the appeal process," said Clark.

If you choose to file an appeal, Clark says it's a good idea to get a third party to appraise your home. You may also want to provide photos to show you have not made any changes to your home. Lastly, if your home has received damage, it's good to show documentation of that as well.

The county says property owners can visit the

to view property characteristics, view/print the Property Report Card and view/print Comp Sheets.

Property owners contemplating an appeal can get sales information for their neighborhood. Calling, emailing or walking in (office at Reagan Building - 271 W 3rd Street N) affords property owners the opportunity to get sales and value data for their neighborhood and to speak with an appraiser. The appeal meetings start March 17.

The Appraiser’s Office can schedule field checks to assist in correcting property data.