General Information
Phone Numbers
620-221-5430
Fax: 620-221-5442
Emergencies: Dial 911
Location
321 East 10th Avenue
2nd Floor
Winfield,
KS
67156

Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Appraiser

The Appraiser's Office is responsible to discover, list and value all taxable property located in the county.

The Appraiser's Office field staff have wrapped up the annual maintenance data collection process for tax year 2024.  Value change notices for tax year 2024 will be mailed to all real property owners on March 1. Property owners will have 30 days from the mail date to appeal their values. NEW THIS YEAR: Property owners will now have the option to view their value notice online. Authorization codes will be included on this year's notices.

Real estate value notices will be  mailed on March 1, 2024. Most property owners will see value increases due to continued strong market activity. Increases in property value do not necessarily mean that your property taxes will increase. 2024 taxes based on these values will not be determined until later in the year when mill levies are set by the various taxing entities during the budgeting process. With the exception of agricultural land valued at use value, Kansas is a market value state which requires the Appraiser’s Office to value your property within 10% of sale prices. Your 2024 value is our best estimate of what the likely sale price for your property would be if your property were to sell. 

If you have questions about your property values, please call the office at the number listed on your notice or email appraiser018@cowleycountyks.gov. There are also instructions on how to appeal the value on the back of your notice.

Introduction

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.

The Taxpayer

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. 

Forms and Documents

Payment under protest form click here

MARKET STUDY ANALYSIS CLICK HERE

For more documentation and forms click here.

Request a Printed Map

For a printed map of the area of your choosing, fill our a request form with the GIS department.

wheat field image