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Your tax dollars are used by city, county and other taxing districts to provide funding for:
In addition, property taxes also help fund local school districts.
By law, the County Appraiser is responsible for listing and valuing property in a uniform and equal manner. The Appraiser estimates only the value of your property. The amount of taxes you pay depends on the budgets set by your city, county, school and other taxing districts. K.S.A 79-503a, K.S.A 79-1412a, K.S.A 79-1476
If your property value goes up, it does not necessarily mean you will pay more taxes. Likewise, if your property goes down or does not change, it does not automatically mean you will pay less or the same amount of taxes. Your property taxes are based on how much the various taxing districts decide to spend on services each year.
The value of your property may change each year – it depends on several things. If you make improvements to your home, such as adding a garage, the value may go up. The value may also change (up or down) because of recent sales in your neighborhood. The County Appraiser continually updates sales prices and other information on homes all over the county.
The County Appraiser appraises your home at “market value” as it exists the first day of January each year. Market value is the amount of money a well-informed buyer would pay and a well-informed seller would accept for property in an open and competitive market without any influence. (K.S.A 79-503a)
When valuing your home, the appraiser takes into account these qualities of your home:
The appraiser then uses one or more of the following three methods to value your property:
State law requires the county appraiser to visually inspect 17% of all property in the county every year and to re-examine every property on a six-year cycle.
Not necessarily - one sale by itself does not determine market value. The price you paid for your home is first verified by the County Appraiser and then pooled with sales of similar homes. The appraiser uses this information to value your home. Also, market conditions may have changed in the last year.
You should receive the “notice of value” on your home (land and buildings) from the County Appraiser by March 1. If your County Appraiser asks the state for an extension, it may be later than March 1 before you get your notice of value.
There are two ways to challenge the value of your home:
You cannot appeal using both methods for the same property in the same tax year. So, if you start to appeal your “Notice of Value,” be sure that you follow through with the appeal. You will not be allowed to “pay under protest” later. K.S.A 79-2005.
If you are not satisfied with the results of your appeal at the county level, the next step in the appeals process is to take your case to the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals. For more information on appeals, please contact your local County Appraiser’s Office.
The mill levy is the "tax rate" that is applied to the assessed value of your property. It consists of a local portion which is used to fund area services and statewide portion which is used to fund state institutions. The Legislature and Governor reduced the local school general fund levy from 35 mills to 27 mills beginning in 1997. In addition, the first 20,000 in the appraised value of your home is exempt from the school general fund mill levy.
Note: If your home is appraised for less than $20,000 simply use your appraised value instead of the $20,000 appraised values and follow the same procedures as shown in the example. Please refer to the mill levy question and call your local County Clerk or Appraiser’s Office if you have any questions regarding this exemption.
The County Treasurer mails tax bills on or before December 15th. All or at least half of the tax due by December 20th and the second half is due by May 10th of the following year. If you have a mortgage loan on your property, you will receive a statement with tax information on it. Your tax bill will be sent to the mortgage company or bank, and the tax will be paid out of your escrow account.
The Kansas Homestead Refund Act provides a refund to Kansans who own their homes or pay rent and meet one of the following three requirements:
In addition, you must meet all the following requirements:
If you meet the qualifications, you must file with the Kansas Department of Revenue Homestead Section between January 1 and April 15 in order to receive a refund. If you would like additional information, call the Kansas Department of Revenue at 785-296-0222 or contact the Geary County Clerks Office for more information
Yes. You can choose to have someone else represent you during an appeal however we need to have a Declaration of Representative (PDF) filled out for the tax year you are protesting.
The current Tax Levies are published every year by the County Clerks office usually towards the end of the calendar year and can be viewed on-line as a downloadable PDF.
The County Appraiser's Office asks for Income and Expense information from businesses within the county to help analyze what is happening locally in the market for income producing properties. It give us an indication of the expenses and vacancy rate which we use in our income approach to valuation model. Per state guidance the Appraiser's Office is required to send out income and expense questionnaire. The taxpayer is not required to return them but it will help in providing us with vital data to use in our Income Approach. All returned Income and Expense information is Confidential and will handled with complete privacy and are not subject to an open records request (K.S.A 45-221 (55)(b))
Article 11 in the Constitution of the State of Kansas lays out the assessment rate for each type of property within the State of Kansas. The table below are the most common property classes and their assessment rates in Geary County. You may also find this table on the back of your Valuation Notice that is sent to your mailing address every year.
Any registered voter in Geary County can vote in advance. You simply complete and submit an Application for an Advance Voting Ballot (PDF) to the Clerk's Office. Call the County Clerk's Office at 785-238-3912.
The County as an organization, its Board of County Commissioners and its appointed and elected officials.
To provide legal advice, and act as the County’s civil counsel, not to prosecute criminal matters.
No, the obligation is to work with the County Appraiser, Clerk and Treasurer to advise them regarding appropriate assessment, legal collection, and representation before administrative bodies and courts.
If a person is arrested on probable cause for felony offenses the case is sent to us. If a person is arrested on probable cause by the Geary County Sheriff’s Department or the Kansas Highway Patrol, the case will be sent here for prosecution whether it is a felony or misdemeanor offense. Many times a report is taken by law enforcement and sent to our office for review. The prosecutor assigned to review the case determines whether or not charges will be filed, and warrants issued.
If a suspect is booked into the Geary County Detention Facility on felony charges he/she is entitled to a bond hearing within 48 hours of his/her arrest. If the suspect is booked in on misdemeanor charges a bond schedule is used. The Court may set a bond that is either cash or surety. It may be a condition of bond that the defendant has no contact with the victim. If the defendant bonds out of jail he is then set for a first appearance.
A first appearance is a hearing in which the defendant is informed of the charges filed against him/her. A lawyer may be appointed if the defendant cannot afford to hire an attorney. If the charges filed are misdemeanors, the case will usually be set for arraignment. If the charges are felonies, the case is set for a preliminary hearing.
In felony cases, the purpose of a preliminary hearing is for a district magistrate judge to determine if there is sufficient evidence to believe that probable cause exists that the defendant committed a felony offense. Subpoenas will be issued for the victim/witnesses involved in the incident. The court will determine if a defendant will be bound over on the felony charges alleged by the state.
If a defendant is bound over on felony charges the case will be set before a district court judge for an arraignment. The purpose of an arraignment is to take the defendant’s plea and to set a date for trial. No victims or witnesses are required to appear at an arraignment.
The district magistrate judge will ask the defendant to enter a plea on this date. If the defendant enters a plea of not guilty it will then be set for bench trial or trial to the court before the district magistrate judge. No victims or witnesses are required to appear at an arraignment. In some cases, a defendant in a misdemeanor case may request a jury trial.
The State of Kansas must begin by selecting a jury. After a jury has been impaneled, the State must present evidence. The defense may also choose to present evidence.
Once both sides have rested, the jury is instructed on the law that applies to each charge alleged. Both parties are given the opportunity to give their closing arguments. The case is then submitted to the Jury and it is up to the jurors to render a verdict.
A subpoena is a court order directing a person to appear at a particular date and time. A person must appear in court or risk being held in contempt of court. Any employer should not discharge, punish or threaten a person for attending a court proceeding when they have been served with a subpoena.
If a person is experiencing difficulties with an employer regarding a court appearance or has any other questions, they need to contact the victim-witness coordinator immediately. A witness is entitled to receive a $10 per day witness fee plus mileage if they are traveling from out of the area.
Property taken as evidence in a case, under usual circumstances, can be released back to the person from whom it was taken. A property release must be prepared and signed by a Judge prior to law enforcement releasing any property.
Yes, you can still be seen. You would be offered an appointment time to meet with the Case Manger to see if you qualified for insurance through the state.
If you do not qualify for insurance, the cost of your visit would be the responsibility of the patient or responsible party of that patient
We accept cash, check. We are able to process credit and debit cards with a small fee.
We accept walk-ins for the following procedures:
Appointment are required for the following procedures:
Physicals, Well Women, Women Infants Children(WIC) & Paternity Testing
CDC's Yellow Book (Health Information for International Travel) is published every two years as a resource for health professionals providing care to international travelers. The fully revised and updated CDC Yellow Book 2020 compiles the US government’s most current travel health guidelines, including pretravel vaccine recommendations, destination-specific health advice, and easy-to-reference maps, tables, and charts.
The 2020 Yellow Book includes important travel medicine updates:
We accept most major medical insurances for immunizations only, and state insurance for other clinic visits.
For more information please contact the Geary County Health Department at 785-762-5788
Yes, a parent is required to be present for children under 17 years of age, for physicals or immunizations.
A deed is an instrument by which a buyer obtains title to a piece of property being sold. A deed comes in many forms. The most common form of passing title is called a warranty deed.
The seller warrants that he has a good and clear title and guarantees that his predecessors have no interest in the title. Another form commonly used is the quit claim deed. This is used to obtain a release from a person who is believed to have some interest or claim to the property. By this form of deed, the grantor “quits” any claim the grantor may have.
Although there is no time limit on recording a deed, a deed should be recorded as promptly after the transaction as possible. Failure to record a deed could render transfer or mortgaging of the property impossible and create numerous legal difficulties. However, an unrecorded deed is still valid.
The primary evidence of ownership of land is not so much the deed itself as the recording of the deed. If your deed is misplaced or lost, a copy may be obtained from the Register of Deeds Office or certified with its official stamp. The copy may then be kept among the buyers' personal records.
The easiest way to locate your deed would be to supply the Register of Deeds Office with the legal description for your property. The staff will then look in the computer or the appropriate numerical land index book for your name to obtain the correct book and page number of your deed.
If you do not know the legal description of your property the address can be entered into the Appraisers menu of the computer to obtain the correct legal description. Upon locating the book and page number you will then find a copy of your original deed. You may obtain a copy of your deed for a fee. And it can be certified for an additional fee of $13.
Yes, you could, but the Register of Deeds and staff always recommends the retention of an attorney or you may also contact an Abstract and Title Company. The Register of Deeds Office is a recording agency and therefore cannot make out deeds or answer questions that pertain to legal matters.
Many times the owner of the property may owe money to various creditors. The lien allows the creditors a means of preventing the property from being sold or mortgaged until the debt is paid. Among the many types of liens are tax liens (for nonpayment of taxes) and mechanics liens (for labor and materials furnished in construction). However, a mechanics lien on real property is filed with the Clerk of the District Court.
The Register of Deeds office is a place where all transactions having to do with real estate including most liens and mortgages are recorded and maintained so that the public is made aware of their existence. This is also a place where fixture filings are recorded under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).
The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) became effective in Kansas in 1966. The Uniform Commercial Code is a code developed for uniform filing on personal property throughout the USA. Like all “uniform” attempts, fees and other things are different, but the basic concepts of security regulations are more uniform.
The filing of a UCC financing statement is what perfects or secures the loan on consumer goods or personal property. UCC finance statements on personal property are now filed at the state level. UCC Fixture Filings which affect the land continue to be filed in the Register of Deeds Office.
A person referred to as the Register of Deeds administers the Register of Deeds Office, who in turn has a Deputy and a staff that performs various duties.
The Register of Deeds is an elected official for a four-year term who makes certain that the documents are recorded properly according to the laws of the state and maintains and preserves those records. The current Register of Deeds is Diane Lynn Briestensky.
The office is located at the corner of 8th and Franklin Streets and across from the Geary County Detention Center at:Geary County Office Building200 E 8th StreetJunction City, KS 66441
Our office records a diverse range of very technical documents. Besides deeds, mortgages, and liens, there are:
The earliest records in the Register of Deeds Office, written in elaborate manuscript, date back to the 1800s when we were known as Davis County. Among the early records are the Patent Deeds recorded when the land was bought from the United States government that is signed by the President of the United States.
There are a number of steps taken when a document is received for recording before it is returned to the customer.
The office staff at the front counter as you enter the Register of Deeds Office will be more than happy to answer your questions. It is better if you personally visit the office. However, if you cannot you may obtain certain information over the phone.
Since there are certain kinds of information that can only be answered by an attorney it would not be suitable to have the information given you by one who is not an attorney. Basically the Register of Deeds office is a recording agency only and therefore the information it provides is limited to that which is contained in the records. If you call, the number is 785-238-5531. The Register of Deeds Office is open to the public during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding state and national holidays.
State law sets the recording fees, which are $17 for the first page and $13 for each additional page. In addition, there is a technology fee charged of $2 per page for the Register of Deeds Office, $0.50 per page each for Treasurer's and Clerk's Office and $1 per page for Heritage Trust Fund. A release or assignment of mortgage is $16 per mortgage listed regardless of the number of pages (the technology fees and Heritage Trust fee also applies to be an additional $4 per page), and Plats of Additions are $32 per page.
The recording fees for the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) fixture filings are $15 for up to 10 pages and $1 per page after that. The fee for certifying a copy of record is $13. The previous Mortgage Registration Fee is no longer collected per KSA 28-115. These fees listed are accurate as of January 2019.
After imaging and indexing, the documents are sorted and envelopes addressed ready to be placed in the mail within 24 to 48 hours of recording. In some instances, it is possible the document may be ready to be returned the same day.
Yes, mortgages are listed in the numerical land index books, as are the deeds.
No, the property or part of it has to be located in Geary County.
No. Professional title examiners or abstractors use the records in our office as well as searching records in other offices to determine if the title is good and clear.
Geary County rural residents are issued burn permits for the following instances:
Household trash burning in the unincorporated areas of the county does not require a burn permit as long as the trash is burned in a metal can or barrel with a screen covering or in a pit.
Permits will not be issued for the burning of debris to include:
All fires must be monitored until the fire is out!
Permits issued through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is required for large amounts of timber. We can assist in filling out the paperwork, but please be aware that it can take several days to receive a state permit.
Any resident desiring a burn permit in Geary County must make an application for the permit Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Geary County Emergency Management Office located at 236 E 8th Street. There is no charge for a burn permit. Information needed for the application includes:
Once the permit is issued, it is in effect for the calendar year. Permits expire when not in use for over two years.
Prior to starting a burn, the person wishing to burn must call the Geary County Emergency Management at 785-238-1290 and receive permission to burn.
You will need to provide the following information when calling in your burn:
Please note that if wind speeds are predicted to be at 15 miles per hour or higher, there will be a ban on burning for that day! This is a state regulation.
There are several instances when permission can be denied for burning. Such reasons can include but are not limited to the following:
If you do not receive permission to burn, do not start the fire!
If you have a fire get out of control, call 9-1-1. Do not call Geary County Emergency Services.
The Geary County Emergency Management Facebook Page has a website gives residents an update when burning is not allowed. Those wanting to burn will still need to call into the office at 785-238-1290, so their burn can be recorded.
No. You must register in person the morning of the tax sale between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.
No. The sale is a public auction. Properties will be sold to the highest bidder.
The Clerk of the District Court will accept cash, personal checks, and certified checks. No payments by credit card will be accepted, and properties must be paid for by the close of the sale.
You may redeem your property by contacting the County Treasurer's Office at 785-238-6021 and by paying all taxes, interest, penalties, and court costs assessed against the property. You may redeem the property up to 5 p.m. the day before the tax sale.
Properties that are auctioned off "on the courthouse steps" are being foreclosed on by a private mortgage company (a "Sheriff's Sale"). You must contact the attorney representing the mortgage company. That name and contact information will be in the Notice of Sale published in the newspaper