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County Appraiser's Office

The County Appraiser is an appointed position with the responsibility to discover, list, appraise and maintain records of data relating to all taxable and exempt real and personal property within Barton County.

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The County Appraiser, with the assistance of staff members, is responsible for the discovery, listing and the uniform and equitable appraisal of all taxable and exempt real and personal property in compliance with the constitution and statutes of the State of Kansas for tax purposes.  Real property and personal property is appraised as of January 1st.  Market value (what a willing buyer and willing seller would agree to) is the basis of value for most real property except agricultural land.  Agricultural land is appraised on the basis of its productivity and a formula determined by the Kansas Constitution, statutes and state guidelines.  Most personal property (except business machinery and equipment, RV’s and etc.) is also appraised at market value.

The Barton County Appraiser’s Office is mandated by K.S.A. 79 – 1476 to re-inspect all real property in Barton County every six years.  The purpose of this inspection is to verify that our data is current and represents the property accurately.  The Appraiser’s Office physically inspects approximately 17% of the real property located in Barton County each year. 

If the public should have questions about this process, please call the Appraiser’s Office at 620-793-1821. 

An important thing to remember is the County Appraiser’s Office does not create value. People determine value by their transactions in the market place. The County Appraiser’s Office simply has the legal responsibility to analyze those transactions and appraise individual properties based upon what is happening in the market place.