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Appraised Valuation Appeals

The law gives you the right to appeal your appraised values. We work very hard to achieve a high level of accuracy in our appraisals. However, if there is a mistake or if you do not agree with our appraisal, please follow the process to appeal.  Read a fact sheet about appraisals and appeals.

Informal Hearing Process

Taxpayers may appeal or challenge their property’s classification and/or appraised value in one of two ways. The value may be appealed at an informal hearing in the spring, after the appraiser has notified the taxpayer of the property’s appraised value, or the value may be appealed when taxes are paid under protest. However, the property value may be appealed only once per tax year.

Equalization Appeals

Valuation notices are mailed annually March 1 for real property and May 1 for personal property. To appeal the new value, sign the form with the valuation notice and send it back to the address listed within 30 days of the date on the valuation notice for real property or May 15 for personal property. An informal hearing with one of our hearing officers is then scheduled. If someone other than the owner will be handling the hearing, a declaration of representative form should be filled out and sent back with the valuation notice. This form certifies the named person/agent is authorized to represent the property owner at the hearing.

This should be done as soon as possible after the valuation notices have been mailed. Once the valuation notice has been signed and mailed back, the appeal process has been initiated. In order to remain in the appeal process, the taxpayer or their representative must attend the informal hearing. Failure to appear will result in forfeiture of the right to protest the value for that tax year.

Payment Under Protest

The second type of appeal open to taxpayers is the property tax payment under protest. The new value will not result in a tax bill until November. Protests maybe filed at the time the first half taxes are paid by December 20 or at the time the second half taxes are paid by June 20, but not both times. If the mortgage company pays the taxes directly, an appeal may be filed with the county treasurer at any time after the tax bills have been sent out, but before January 31. All payment under protest appeals originate with the county treasurer. The protest form may be filled out at the treasurer's office, or the taxpayer can call 660-9110 and the county treasurer will mail or fax the protest form. Forms may also be downloaded from the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals (BOTA) website.  After the protest form has been filed with the treasurer, the appraiser’s office will schedule an informal hearing with one of our hearing officers.

Hearing Results

If the taxpayer disagrees with the informal hearing decision, additional avenues of appeal are available up to and including Kansas District Court. Instructions for appealing to the next level will be given at the time of the informal hearing and on the notification hearing results letter, which will be provided when a decision has been reached regarding the appeal.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an informal hearing?

An informal hearing is an opportunity for a taxpayer to question or appeal a property value or classification.

What should taxpayers consider in order to choose between an equalization appeal or payment under protest appeal?

Normally taxpayers would choose an Equalization Appeal because the property value is appealed before any tax payment is due. Payment Under Protest can be used if the deadline for Equalization Appeal was missed. However, one half of the taxes will be due upon applying for a Payment Under Protest.

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What is the deadline to request an equalization appeal?

You have 30 days from the date on the valuation notice to request an equalization appeal.

What is a valuation notice?

It is the notification of the appraised value for the coming tax year.

How may a copy of a valuation notice be obtained?

Property owners may view the notice and appraisal information for their properties online. Property owners also may print their notice from this website, which will include appeal information. Otherwise, a value notice may be requested by email, by calling (316) 660-9110, or faxing (316) 660-9219. The request will be processed and the value notice will be mailed, or may be picked up at the Sedgwick County Appraiser's Office located at 4035 E. Harry St. Wichita, KS.

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When may one apply for payment under protest?

You may apply for payment under protest when tax payments are made.

What is the date and time of my informal hearing?

The date and time of your informal hearing is indicated on the front of the confirmation letter.

How much time should be allowed for the informal hearing?

An informal hearing usually lasts approximately 15 minutes.

Where will the informal hearings be held?

The map enclosed with the appointment confirmation letter gives directions to our office at 4035 E. Harry St. in Wichita.

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What items should be brought to the informal hearing?

Anything to support the taxpayer’s opinion of value should be brought to the hearing. Examples of what should support a taxpayer’s opinion of value would be photos, comparable sales, old value notices, etc.

Who will conduct the informal hearing?

A qualified appraiser from our office will be assigned to conduct the informal hearing.

May someone else represent me at the informal hearing?

Yes, only if you have furnished the appraiser’s office with a signed declaration of representative form, which can be obtained via the Internet or mailed upon request. The completed Declaration of Representative form can be faxed back to the appraiser’s office at (316) 660-9219 or mailed to a hearing coordinator at 4035 E. Harry St. Wichita, KS 67218 or by email.

Will reschedules be allowed?

Due to the volume of hearings scheduled every year it is critical for the convenience of all taxpayers for everyone to keep their scheduled hearing appointment.

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What options are available if circumstances beyond my control prevent my attendance?

For taxpayers who are homebound, have residences outside of Sedgwick County or are otherwise physically unable to attend a hearing, a declaration of representative may be acquired online or mailed upon request and sent with your selected representative to the hearing. Another option for taxpayers (excluding those on vacation) would be to call (316) 660-9219 and schedule a phone hearing.

Are options available to appeal a property value if the informal hearing is missed?

Failure to appear, or a cancellation of the scheduled informal hearing will result in forfeiture of the right to protest the tax year in question.

What actions are required to appeal informal hearing results?

If the result of the informal hearing is not satisfactory, the appraiser who held the hearing will provide a form with instructions on how to appeal to the next level.

What are the levels of appealing real property values up to and including Kansas District Court?

A guide to the appeal process in Kansas is available free of charge in your county appraiser's office or you may view the flowcharts online by selecting your type of hearing: Equalization appeal or payment under protest.

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