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Wichita, KS 67218
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"Land devoted to agricultural use shall mean and include land,
regardless of whether it is located in the unincorporated area of the county, or
within the corporate limits of a city, which is devoted to the production of
plants, animals, or horticultural products, including but not limited to:
forages; grains and feed crops; dairy animals and dairy products; poultry and
poultry products; trees and forest products; fruits, nuts and berries;
vegetable, nursery, floral, ornamental and greenhouse products."
The Kansas Constitution requires the state to value
agricultural land based on its income or productivity attributable to the
inherent capabilities of the land in its current usage under a degree of
management reflecting median production levels. This is commonly called "use
value" appraisal. Highly simplified, use value reflects the land’s ability to
produce income. Productive capabilities of the land are dependent on the soils.
Highly productive soils receive a higher value than low productive soils. Thus,
agricultural land is appraised using a modified income approach to value that is
based on the landlords net income for the type and location of the Ag land. An
eight year average of the landlord’s net income is divided by a capitalization
rate percentage prescribed by statute to arrive at the appraised value.
The director of property valuation shall make an annual
determination of the value of land within each of the various classes of land
devoted to agricultural use within each county or homogeneous region and furnish
the same to county appraisers who shall classify the land according to its
current usage and apply the value applicable to such class of land according to
the valuation schedules prepared and adopted by the director of property
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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