The Johnson County Appraiser’s Office is putting annual notices of appraised value in the mail today, meaning northern Johnson County homeowners will find out whether their property’s value — and thus the amount they pay in property taxes — will be changing.
In an interview with the Shawnee Mission Post Friday, new County Appraiser Beau Boisvert highlighted some of the trends his office saw during this year’s appraisal process.
- Parts of northern Johnson County will again see the highest year-over-year increases in property value, a trend that’s been prevalent the past few years. The office said that the following areas saw the highest average increases in home value this year: Prairie Village (north 69th Street and south of 79th Street); Roeland Park; Mission; Merriam; Leawood north of I-435; Overland Park north of I-435; and DeSoto.
- The reason for the upward pressure on value in those areas is, again, high demand due to location and relative housing affordability. “There’s a lot of people who want to live there, but options for living there are pretty limited,” he said. “The other issue up there that’s significant is that there is a lot of teardown occurring. When that happens, that raising the overall value of the district.”
- Overall, 87% of residential properties saw their value increase this year. That’s down from last year. The number of properties that saw no value change or a decrease in value increased by about 8% this year, Boisvert said.
- The average value increase for existing residential properties is about 5%. This year, 84% of residential properties saw valuation increases of 10% or less.
- There appears to be a slow down in new home construction in the county. Permits for new construction are down about 12% from last year.
- However, there’s been a big jump in apartment and hotel construction. The county added 4,100 apartment units and 836 hotel rooms this past year.
Boisvert reminded property owners that they have 30 days from the date the notice of appraised value for this year was mailed to file an appeal with his office. (That’s a deadline of March 25). “If you really truly feel that we’ve gotten something off or the information isn’t up to date, take that opportunity to have us double check the records,” he said. “And I also want people to know that I have an open door policy, and if people want to come and talk to us, they’re more than welcome to do so.
Boisvert was officially appointed County Appraiser by the Board of County Commissioners on Feb. 6. He comes to the county from the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office in Prescott, Ari. Boisvert replaces Paul Welcome, who retired last year after nearly three decades at the Johnson County Appraiser.