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19-425. County or district appraisers; powers and duties; assessor construed to mean appraiser; deputy appraisers and specialized help; office space. The county or district appraiser appointed under the provisions of this act shall have all the powers and duties vested in and imposed upon county assessors by law except as otherwise provided herein. From and after the effective date of this act any reference in the Kansas Statutes Annotated or amendments thereto to the "assessor" or "county assessor" or words of similar import shall be construed as referring to the "county appraiser" or "district appraiser." He shall appoint deputy appraisers and fix their salaries with the consent and approval of the board of county commissioners or district board. Each deputy appraiser, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall take and subscribe to an oath in like manner as that provided for the county or district appraiser. With the consent and approval of the board of county commissioners or district board, he may appoint such specialized help as he may need to properly assess specific properties and may pay them such compensation as the board of county commissioners or district board shall provide. The board of county commissioners or district board shall furnish him necessary office space and such clerical help as may be needed to carry out the duties of his office.

History: L. 1968, ch. 206, § 5; L. 1974, ch. 112, § 8; June 1, 1976.

Cross References to Related Sections:

Appointment and qualifications of county appraisers, see 19-430.

Attorney General's Opinions:

Board of commissioners; eligibility to hold other office. 79-256.

County appraiser; appointment of specialized help for appraiser. 81-156.

County commissioners; authority to terminate employment of deputy county appraiser. 89-142.

Contracts for assistance in collecting property taxes. 94-8.

County and district appraisers; qualifications, duties and responsibilities; proper respondent before appraisal board in complaint involving written mass appraisal reports. 96-71.


1. County appraisers permitted to hire outside agencies to assist in assessment of properties within county; "tax ferret" metaphor inapplicable. Dillon Stores v. Lovelady, 253 Kan. 274, 277, 855 P.2d 487 (1993).

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