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County Appraiser
Welcome to the Office of the Franklin County Appraiser
The Appraiser's Office main responsibility is to locate, identify, list, classify, and uniformly appraise all real estate, personal property, and oil & gas reserves located within the county, except for utility owned property, as prescribed by Kansas Statutes.

The appraiser’s office does not determine taxes, only the appraised value of the property. The amount of taxes each taxpayer pays is determined by all of the taxing entities, i.e., city, county, school districts, fire, etc., and depends on the amount of revenue needed to provide all the public services the citizens require. The assessed value is determined by multiplying the appraised value of the property, as determined by the County Appraiser’s Office by the Assessment Classes and Rates as outlined in the Kansas Constitution.

Property information, valuations, tax information and maps can be viewed in the free online   PARCEL SEARCH 

Vision Statement

An Appraisers Office that works hard to provide timely accurate information and property values. Where Customer Service is our priority.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of the Appraiser is to achieve equalization among all classes of property by maintaing the highest standards, in appraisal practices and law, guided by the goals of providing good customer service to the public, developing our employees by continuing education and accreditation programs provided by the State of Kansas Department of Revenue and Appraisal Organizations. Providing the best information to the county by utilizing technology and continuing to make the most efficient use of the resources provided.

Annual 17% Review
The County Appraisers Office is required to annually inspect at least 17% of all real estate parcels in Franklin County and 100% in a 6 year cycle. The review process will consist of County Review Appraisers walking onto the property, knocking on the door and asking basic questions about the property. Number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc..,. Our staff will begin our annual review in April of 2016. Two areas in Ottawa are in the 17% review area: properties south of North Street between N. Main Street and Davis Avenue and North of Logan Street; and south of Seventh Street between S. Hickory Street and Lincoln Street north of Fifteenth Street.. A map is available at the following link:  17% REVIEW OTTAWA CITY MAP  

This is based upon a 6 year cycle. To see the 6 year map 6 YEAR 17% REVIEW MAP

All Appraisers must abide by Statutory deadlines as described within the

Being an Appraiser
Kansas county appraisers are appointed to a four year term of office by resolution of the County Commission.
In order to hold the office of county appraiser in Kansas, county appraisers must satisfy certain qualifications and must subscribe to an oath of office. In addition to an appointed county appraiser, Franklin County also employs:
  • One deputy county appraiser
  • Two review appraisers
  • Two personal property clerks
  • Graphical information system (cadastral mapping) technician

Business Hours
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

315 South Main
Ottawa, KS.  66067

Phone: (785) 229-3420
Fax:     (785) 229-3430
Email Us

   Philip A. Dudley
     RES & RMA
  County Appraiser

     Jamie Wilson 

  Deputy Appraiser