Monday, April 06, 2020

Morris County Appraiser

The County Appraiser has the responsibility to discover, list and appraise all taxable and exempt real and personal property within Morris County.  These responsibilities are directed in accordance with the Kansas constitution as well as laws and directives issued by the Kansas Department of Revenue, Property Valuation Division (PVD).


Morris County has closed the Courthouse to public at this time.  We will be limited to only a few staff in each office until further notice.  
Morris County Appraiser Office will still be taking phone calls to set up Informal Appeals for the 2020 year.  To begin starting April 14th on Tuesdays and Thursdays via phone at this point in time.  I'm sorry of the inconvenience and will work with everyone as best as we can.  It is important to keep everyone in the community as safe as possible.

Thank you,

Ryan Michaelis
Morris County Appraiser


Each year the cost of local services is spread across the value of taxable property.  

Local Budgets / Assessed Value of Taxable Property = Mill Levy

County appraisers are responsible for uniformly and accurately valuing all property each year.  That way, all citizens fairly share in supporting the cost of local services.  Local services include police and fire protection, roads, parks, public health services and schools.

All property is valued annually as of January 1st.

Morris County Parcel Search
--Property Mapping and Information

Tax Search
--Past Personal Property and Real Estate

Kansas Department of Revenue
--Property Valuation, Personal Tax, Business Tax

Kansas Vehicle Property Tax Check
--Estimate taxes based on vehicle search

Kansas Board of Tax Appeals
--Forms, Instructions, Procedures

USDA Kansas Statistics
--Quick Stats, County Estimates, Agricultural Overview, Census of Agriculture

Appraiser & Deputy Appraiser

Ryan Michaelis
Registered Mass Appraiser


Kay Taylor
Mapping, Oil Valuation



Clerical, Personal Property
& Field Staff

Amanda Julian


Abby Evans


Duane Andres


Hettie Patton


February 6, 2020

PURSUANT K.S.A. 79-1460a

Annually, at least ten business days prior to the mailing of change of value notice pursuant to K.S.A. 79-1460a, and amendments thereto, the county or district appraiser shall cause to be published in the official county newspaper the results of the market study analysis as prescribed by the Director of Property Valuation of the Kansas Department of Revenue.

Morris County utilizes one model for market estimates. Homes built before 1945 and those built 1945 and after are differentiated within this model. This is called age modeling and the trends related to each are as follows:

A study of Morris County residential real estate market for older houses, i.e., built before 1945, indicated that there is an overall deflationary trend of 3.8% per year.

A study of Morris County residential real estate market for newer houses, i.e., built after 1945, indicated that the market was stable with no general upward or downward trend

A study of Morris County commercial real estate indicated that the market is stable with no general upward or downward trend.

A study of Morris County real estate market for vacant lots indicated that the market is stable with no general upward or downward trend.

Values on specific properties may not follow indicated trends because of changes in the property, correction of data or adjustment of value based on sales of similar properties. Some properties may increase to a greater rate while some properties may decrease or change in valuation only slightly.

Agriculture land values have been established by the Division of Property Valuation and Kansas State University. In accordance with the provisions in K.S.A. 79-1476, the Division of Property Valuation is required to annually furnish each county the results of its study related to changes, if any, of the use value of agricultural land. Changes can and do occur as a result of several factors including cropping practices, commodity prices and production costs.

Ryan T. Michaelis,  RMA
Morris County Appraiser

(620) 767-5533  office 501 West Main Street 8am-5pm
(620) 767-7717  fax Council Grove, KS  66846 Monday-Friday