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Office of the County Appraiser

Phone: 913-715-9000 | Fax: 913-715-0010

11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 2100, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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The County Appraiser is responsible for discovering, listing and valuing all taxable property within the County and provides for equalization of all such properties to ensure fair and equitable taxation.

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FAQs about Digital Imaging Project
January 15, 2016

FAQ about Digital Imaging Project
Updated January 15, 2016

Why are you doing this project?

Kansas state statute requires that counties update property information every six years to maintain accurate data on every parcel of land in the county. High resolution photos taken in this manner ensure that our office is appraising properties in the most effective and fair way possible.

How does it work?

We contracted with a company called Tyler Technologies who are experts in this field. Their field staff will photograph the front of every building, such as homes, stores, office buildings, gazebos…every structure that has value.

Staff will take photographs from public right-of-way, as opposed to privately owned property, whenever they can.

What’s being done to make sure Johnson County residents understand what the white vans are doing?

White vans will be clearly marked with signs indicating they are conducting an imaging and address verification project for the county. Alltothiswill have

In addition to letting the media know, we sent a note to public information contacts in all of the cities in Johnson County, asking them to pass on the information to law enforcement in case they got questions from their constituents.

How can I find out when these vans will be in my area?

Each week, the Appraiser’s Office will post the crew’s schedule at www.jocogov.org/countypropertyphotoproject so residents can check and see if the vans are in their area.

Are you able to blur out people or items from these pictures?

For residential parcels crews will not take pictures with homeowners or children, but will return later to capture the image.  For commercial parcels or when contractors are on residential parcels we will try to minimize the number of people in the shot.

All attempts will be made not to capture license plates as long as the image can be composed to meet the criteria for the project.

Once the images are published on our website, any concerns on a specific photo can be called into our office and we can make corrections on a case by case basis. We don’t have a process in place to blur out every adult nor items such as open garage doors or license plates with the initially captured images.

How much is this costing?

On Dec. 3 the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) authorized a contract for this project with a cost not to exceed $483,000. Again, Kansas state statute requires that counties update property information every six years to maintain accurate data on every parcel of land in the county.

How long will this project take?

There are approximately 187,000 parcels in the county with structures, some of which will require multiple images.The project should take several months to complete.

We will not shoot images with snow on the ground or when the leaves on the trees return obstructing many of the structures. If weather conditions prevent capturing all the images before leaf on, we will suspend the shoot until the fall of 2016.

Updates and status of the project can be found at: http://www.jocogov.org/countypropertyphotoproject

FLYER DIGITAL IMAGING PHOTO PROJECT
January 11, 2016

Flyer Digital Imaging Photo Project - This flyer will be with all van drivers & photographers

The Johnson County Appraiser’s Office has contracted with Tyler Technologies, Inc. to provide detailed, high-resolution street level images of the exterior of every property in the county. Kansas law requires counties to update property information every six years in an effort to maintain accurate data on every parcel in the county. Correct up-to-date property information is crucial to ensure fair and equitable property values.

In addition, this project will:

  • Improve the overall quality of the county’s real estate data.
  • Save taxpayers money by making the property tax administration process more efficient.
  • Make available for emergency management recovery the reports necessary for state and federal assistance.
  • Validate property addresses to identify homes for fire, police and medical emergency response.

Please note the following:

  • Imagery will be captured from customized white vans that will be clearly marked with signs indicating they are conducting an imaging and address verification project for the county.
  • All personnel assigned to this project have been issued photo identification badges that must be visible at all times.
  • Local law enforcement has been notified of van descriptions and their locations.    
  • Photographs are taken from public right-of-way whenever possible.

For more information:

 

Paul A. Welcome, CAE, FRICS, ASA, RMA

County Appraiser

 

EFFORT TO TAKE AN EXTERIOR PHOTO OF EVERY PROPERTY
January 11, 2016

JOHNSON COUNTY, KAN. –  A countywide property-imaging project kicks off in Johnson County this month (January 2016). The Johnson County Appraiser’s Office has contracted with Tyler Technologies, Inc. to take high-resolution street level photos of the exterior of every property in the county. The county uses these photos to create land record information used in the appraisal process. Kansas law requires counties to update property information every six years in an effort to maintain accurate data on every parcel in the county.

“Correct up-to-date property information is crucial to ensuring fair and equitable property values as well as making the appraisal process more efficient,” said Paul Welcome, Johnson County Appraiser. “This project will provide high-quality photos of every house, commercial building, gazebo…every structure with value…on the county’s 187,000 parcels of land.”

Tyler Technologies field staff will photograph properties from customized white vans that will be clearly marked with signs indicating they are conducting an imaging and address verification project for the county. All personnel assigned to this project will have photo identification badges and will take photographs from public right-of-way whenever possible.

The imaging crews are expected to be in the area for several months.  During that time they will be in constant communication with the Appraiser’s Office. Each week, the Appraiser’s Office will post the crew’s schedule at www.jocogov.org/countypropertyphotoproject.

For more information, please visit our website at www.jocogov.org/appraiser or call 913-715-9000.

      

About Johnson County, Kansas

Located in the southwestern quadrant of the Kansas City Metropolitan Region, Johnson County, Kansas is a community of choice with a current population of more than 575,000, making it the most populated of the 105 counties in Kansas, but traditionally having the lowest mill levy in the state. For more information visit the county’s website at www.jocogov.org.

Notes of Value Special Edition
November 6, 2015

2015 Notes of Value Special Edition, The History of Appraisal & Legislation, Part 1 - The Shift in Tax Burden

Commercial Real Estate Income and Expense Questionnaires
August 21, 2015

The Johnson County Appraiser's office has recently mailed out Income and Expense Questionnaires to commercial real estate property owners. Kansas law requires the Johnson County Appraiser's office to annually determine the fair market value of real estate, including commercial real estate. To ensure the County works with the most current market conditions, we need to obtain the best and most current financial information available. We ask your assistance in completing and returning the Income and Expense Questionnaire enclosed in the mailing.

The questionnaire identifies information the county appraiser believes useful in estimating the fair market value of your property. We ask that the forms be returned by September 30, 2015. Please be assured the office will take all reasonable measures to comply with Kansas law in maintaining the confidentiality of any financial information submitted in response to this request.

Please feel free to submit the last 2 complete years' income and expense statements and a current rent roll for the property in lieu of filling out the enclosed form.

If you have any questions regarding this questionnaire, please call the commercial appraiser notated your form.

 

Thank you,

Johnson County Kansas Appraiser's Office Commercial Real Estate Department

 

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