Appraiser / Zoning & Planning

It is the duty of the County Appraiser to evaluate all property in the county at fair market value as they stand the 1st of January each year.  Unless specifically exempted by the State of Kansas or by the State Board of Tax Appeals, all tangible assets, (land, buildings, and personal property) in the State are taxable. Fair market is defined as the amount of money a well-informed buyer would pay and a well-informed seller would accept for the property in an open and competitive market, without any outside influence.

The County Appraiser does not create value; people determine value by their transactions in the market place.  It is the legal responsibility of the Appraiser to analyze those transactions and appraise individual properties based upon what is happening in the market place. 

The County Appraiser does not determine taxes.  The amount of taxes each taxpayer pays is determined by the taxing agencies, (i.e. city, county, school districts, etc.) and depends on the amount of taxes needed to provide all the services the taxpayers require.  The assessed value is determined by multiplying the fair market value of the property, as determined by the county appraiser's office, by the assessment rate as outlined in Kansas Constitution Article 11.

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ZONING

Board of Appeals

Meeting Schedule

  • The Appeals Board meets on the second Thursday of the month, at 8 pm in the Jackson County Courthouse.

Functions

  • As established by the Zoning Regulations, the primary functions of the Appeals Board include:
  • To hear and decide on appeals where it is alleged that there is an error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of these Regulations.
  • To interpret the provisions of the Zoning Resolution in such a way as to carry out the intent and purposes of the adopted comprehensive plan, and shown upon the zoning district map fixing the several districts and accompanying and made part of this Resolution, where street layout actually on the ground varies from the street layout as shown on the zoning district map.
  • To authorize, in specific cases, a variance from the specific terms of the regulations which will not be contrary to the public interest and where, due to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the provisions of the regulations in an individual case results in unnecessary hardship, and provided that the spirit of the regulations shall be observed, public safety and welfare secured, and substantial justice done. Such variance shall not permit any use not permitted by the zoning regulations in such district.
  • To grant exceptions to the provisions of the zoning regulations in those instances where the board is specifically authorized to grant such exceptions and only under the terms of the zoning regulations. In no event shall exceptions to the provisions of the zoning regulations be granted where the use or exception contemplated is not specifically listed as an exception in the zoning regulations. Further, under no conditions shall the board of zoning appeals have the power to grant an exception when conditions of this exemption, as established in the zoning regulations by the Governing Body, are not found to be present.

Board Membership

The Appeals Board consists of five members who serve staggered terms of three years. The current membership of the Appeals Board is as follows:

  • Jeff Grimm (Chair)
    Term Expires: December 31, 2022
  • Steven Willett (Member)
    Term Expires: December 31, 2022
  • Rex Frazier (Member)
    Term Expires: December 31, 2021
  • Julie Stithem (Member)
    Term Expires: December 31, 2023
  • Doug Fisher (Member)
    Term Expires: December 31, 2023

Planning Commission

Meeting Schedule

  • The Planning Commission meets on the second Thursday of the month, at 7 pm in the Jackson County Courthouse.

Commission Functions

As established by Home Rule Resolution, the primary functions of the Planning Commission include:

  • Prepare and update plans showing the physical development of the county and the conservation of natural resources;
  • Develop and maintain a Comprehensive Plan for the County;
  • Prepare and make recommendations to the County Commission for the adoption of zoning and subdivision regulations and other regulatory tools designed to implement the long-term strategies of the Comprehensive Plan;
  • Review all proposals for the subdivision of land within unincorporated Jackson County for conformance to specified standards; and,
  • Review all proposals for amendments to the Zoning Regulations and making recommendations to the County Commission.

Commission Membership

The Planning Commission consists of seven members who serve staggered terms of three years. The current membership of the Planning Commission is as follows:

  • Donald Schuyler (Chair)
    Term Expires: December 31, 2022
  • Ginger Rodvelt (Member)
    Term Expires: December 31, 2023
  • Steven Willett (Member)
    Term Expires: December 31, 2022
  • Delbert Boling (Member)
    Term Expires: December 31, 2022
  • Willard Wilson (Member)
    Term Expires: December 31, 2021
  • Marje Cochren (Member)
    Term Expires: December 31, 2023
  • Victoria Gilliland (Member)
    Term Expires: December 31, 2021