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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.


2017 Publication of the Market Study (K.S.A. 79-1460a)

As of March 1st 2017
Pursuant to KSA 79-1460a.

A study of the residential subclass (real estate market) indicated an increase in sales volume with a 1.2% to 2.9% increase in selling prices. The effects of the market are somewhat subdued in the study by the continued practice of using data from the past three years which allows the averaging effect to dampen extreme and sudden changes in prices, either upward or downward. Separate studies of homes built before 1946 and homes built after 1945 indicated a 1.5% to 3.0% change for newer properties and a 0% to 2.6% increase for older properties.   Fluctuations within the data were also noted. A review of the commercial subclass real estate market indicated that the market is stable with no general upward or downward trend. A study of the vacant lot subclass real estate market indicated no discernable time trend.
In accordance with the provisions of KSA 79-1746, the Division of Property Valuation is required to annually furnish each county the results of its study relating to changes, if any, of the Use Value of agricultural land. Changes can occur as a result of several factors including cropping practices, commodity prices, and production costs. Use values are not considered in the market analysis provisions of KSA 79-1460a. Market value estimates on individual properties may not follow the general trend some property’s value estimates may change because of changes in the property corrections of descriptive information or calibration of estimating models based on the sales of other properties, replacement cost trends and/or income capitalization data,

Philip A. Dudley RES & RMA
Franklin County Appraiser


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

TAX CALENDAR
All Appraisers must abide by Statutory deadlines as described within the
State of Kansas PROPERTY TAX CALENDAR

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

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   Philip A. Dudley
     RES & RMA
  County Appraiser

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     Jamie Wilson 

  Deputy Appraiser