The assessment process is the basis for developing property values and is the tool for equalizing the distribution of the tax burden. Remember that the county appraiser's office does not determine taxes.
Cowley County Community Corrections operates the Community Corrections Act programs in the 19th Judicial District of Kansas. Cowley County is located in south central Kansas on the Oklahoma border and within one-hour drive of Wichita. Cowley County encompasses 1,126 square miles with a total population of 36,204 (estimated) per the 2013 census. Winfield, the County Seat, is the largest city within the county with a total population of 12,365 and Arkansas City is the second largest city with a population of 12,340. The 19th Judicial District operates two separate Courts, one in Winfield and one in Arkansas City.
The Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services contracts with 27 Community Developmental Disability Organizations to help coordinate services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Cowley County CDDO Department serves as the single point of entry for people seeking Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services in Cowley County.
Cowley County CDDO Department has operated as the CDDO for Cowley County since 2009 and does not provide direct services to individuals. Cowley County CDDO Department is one of only 5 of 27 CDDOs in the state that does not provide direct services.
The CDDO Department’s mission is to facilitate access to quality supports and services which promote integration, inclusion, independence and productivity for intellectually/developmentally disabled residents of Cowley County in accord with State Statutes, applicable Kansas Administrative Regulations and Policy and Procedure.
Cowley County Emergency Communications serves as a vital link between the citizens and public safety agencies for Cowley County. When receiving and processing 9-1-1 emergency and non-emergency calls, our mission is to dispatch Emergency Services in a prompt, efficient, courteous and professional manner. With continued education and a commitment to excellence, we help save lives, protect property, and assist the public in their time of need. As Communication Officers, we will proudly make Cowley County a safer community in which to live, work, and visit.
The Engineering Department oversees maintenance and operation of county roads, bridges, transfer station, and Memorial Lawn Cemetery. Our Road & Bridge Crews strive to provide the citizens of Cowley County the safest possible driving conditions through year round maintenance of over 300 miles of county roads and 250 bridges. The Landfill/Transfer Station operates six days a week and processes an average of 200 tons of municipal solid waste each day. Memorial Lawn was originally established in 1933 but has been owned and maintained by the county since 1993.
The Cowley County Register of Deeds Office is the central location for vital records and land records for Cowley County. The Register of Deeds Office is responsible for recording and maintaining transactions affecting real estate in Cowley County. This includes but is not limited to; deeds, mortgages, oil and gas leases, and plats. We also file financing statements, tax liens, power of attorney, death certificates and military discharges.
The Cowley County Treasurer’s primary function of collecting real estate, personal property, intangible and motor vehicle taxes, special assessments, and other miscellaneous taxes for Cowley County, cities, townships, school districts, and other taxing jurisdictions. The Treasurer apportions and distributes such revenue to local taxing units. In addition, the Treasurer performs the function of a bank for all revenue-generating County departments.
Cowley County Youth Services (CCYS) is the criminal justice agency that provides programs and services for Juvenile in the 19th Judicial District under the direction of the Kansas Juveniles Justice Reformation act of 1997. Our vision is “changing lives of at-risk youth and their families for safer, stronger Kansas communities. Our mission is to “promote public safety by holding juvenile offenders accountable for their behaviors and improve the ability of youth to live productively and responsibly in their communities.