Due to the recent rapid increase in COVID 19 cases, the Cowley County appraisal staff are once again limiting exposure to the public. Rather than risking the health of our property owners or staff, we will modify our field activities to no-contact projects. Over the coming weeks, staff will be out in the community primarily updating photos for residential properties that were included in the annual maintenance review, have recently sold or have building permits for exterior work. Staff will be wearing masks at all times when there is potential for exposure. As always, if you have questions or concerns about your property, please contact the office and we will be happy to assist you.
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. The amount of taxes you pay depends on the budgets set by our governing bodies such as the state, county, hospitals, and schools to pay for roads, fire, and police protection, recreational facilities, and other local services. You can play an effective role in this process if you know your rights, understand the remedies available to you, and fulfill your responsibilities as a property owner and taxpayer.
UNDERSTANDING PROPERTY TAXES
The assessment process involves setting standards for fair and equitable values, discovering and listing information about properties, and determining property values. Values are then analyzed to ensure they meet the standards of fair assessment, and then certifying the total valuation of the county to the county clerk.
As a property owner and taxpayer, you have specific rights and responsibilities in the assessment process:
You have the right to examine the appraiser's property records and verify that the property you own is listed and described correctly on the tax records.
If you disagree with your property value, you may file an appeal with the appraiser.
You have the responsibility to provide accurate information to the appraiser about property you own.
Payment under protest form click here
MARKET STUDY ANALYSIS CLICK HERE
For more documentation and forms click here.
For a printed map of the area of your choosing, fill our a request form with the GIS department.