Appraiser's office checking building permit progress

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

MOUND CITY – Linn County Appraiser Kathy Bridges reported to the Linn County Commission about personnel updates and department activities in her office onTuesday, Oct. 12.

Bridges asked that the commission hire Jason Parker into an Appraiser I position at the rate of about $16 per hour. She said that Parker will bring an information technology (IT) background and knowledge of construction with him to the job.

Parker worked in the county’s IT department, and the commission approved the transfer to the appraiser’s office.

Bridges also recognized another staff member in her department, Dustin Shuler, for working toward his Registered Mass Appraiser (RMA) designation. She said he is working progressively on his education toward his RMA and is getting quite close now.

Bridges said that Shuler took his residential case study eight-hour exam and passed with a very good score. He will go out and take his commercial review exam in a couple of weeks and then take his RMA examination by the end of the year.

She said he still has to do an application process and log and prove more than 200 hours of education and at least three years of mass appraisal experience.

Several staff are taking online personal property evaluation courses, Bridges said.

Bridges also reported that she will be sworn in as the President of the Kansas County Appraisers Association when she attends the Kansas Association of Counties (KAC) conference next week.

Bridges reported that staff has been out working at Linn Valley. She said that this is the time of the year that they start collecting building permits and they have more than 600 properties to inspect for progress on those permits.

Commission Chair Rick James asked what that meant.

Bridges explained the State of Kansas has the appraiser office record the progress of building permits as of Jan. 1 each year. If a home or project is only 50 percent complete at that time, her office makes a determination on valuation but then has to go back next year and record the progress of the project.

The appraiser’s office is picking up building permits from last year as well. The permits range from new homes, to additions, to remodeling and sheds, said Bridges.

“There are 600 building projects in Linn County since Jan. 1?” asked Commissioner Jim Johnson.

Bridges explained that her department can watch progress on permits for several years. Landowners may start a project and don’t follow through, so the appraiser’s office has to touch base with the property owner and determine what their plans are so the permit can be closed out.

Sometimes her staff has to visit those sites several times per year and track that progress, Bridges said.

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