Real Estate

2019 Informal Hearing (April 8th through May 17th)

2019 Change of Valuation Notice (click here)

How to Appeal  

Information (click here)

Making Appointment Online (New!)

If you need to make an appointment for more than one parcel, you are unable to sign up online at this time. Please fill out the Multiple Parcel Appeal form (click here) and return it to our office.   

Land Classification Change Request

If you believe your property is classified incorrectly, please contact our office at 816-407-3510. Property classification is determined by the actual use of the property on the date of assessment (January 1st, 2019) according to Missouri Revised Statute – Chapter 137. (137.016, 137.017, and 137.021)

Suggested Data for a Property Classification Change (click here)

Need more information?

Contact us by Email: Email the Assessor
Call for Residential & Agricultural Property:  (816) 407-3510
Call for Commercial Real Estate Property: (816) 407-3530
Fax: (816) 407-3501

Re-Assessment 2019

Missouri Revised Statute - Chapter 137 requires that all counties re-assess real estate property on the first day of the year in the odd years. January 1st, 2019 is the current date of assessment. All real property values are set on this date.

Re-assessment is the process that helps to validate that real property is valued at current market value. All real property in Clay County is valued with uniform and consistent procedures following Missouri Revised Statutes - Chapter 137. Over time the value of property changes due to market conditions, location, condition of property, and other physical and economic factors. Some property values change more rapidly than others. Reassessment identifies changes in market value, along with property condition to determine current market value.

The Assessor's Office, on the date of assessment, is assigned the task of assessing or valuing real property at Market Value.

When determining a property classification (Agricultural, Residential or Commercial) the Clay County Assessor's Office follows Missouri Revised Statute - Chapter 137, specifically 137.016, 137.017 and 137.021.

Approximately April 1st, Change of Valuation Notices are mailed to property owners whose property has increased in value, and all commercial property. Change of Valuation Notices for all properties is available online.

Appeals*

All Property owners have the right to appeal real estate property values.

How to Appeal Real Estate Value or Classification
Suggested Data for a Property Classification Change
Suggested Data for a Property Value Change
 

*Note Regarding BOE Appeal Dates - SB 711 (2008) made the 2nd Monday in July the BOE appeal date for non-first class counties and the St. Louis City but did NOT amend section 137.385, RSMo controlling the date for appealing in 1st class counties (i.e. Clay County). Consequently, the deadline for appealing to the BOE in 1st class counties remains "before the third Monday in June."

Update to Parcel Search

The parcel search system has been updated with general information on commercial and agricultural parcels. This information includes location, ownership, value, and deed references. 

Mass Appraisal Definition - IAAO Standard on Mass Appraisal of Real Property

Market value for assessment purposes is generally determined through the application of mass appraisal techniques. Mass appraisal is the process of valuing a group of properties as of a given date using common data, standardized methods, and statistical testing. To determine a parcel's value, assessing officers must rely upon valuation equations, tables, and schedules developed through mathematical analysis of market data.

Unless required by law, values for individual parcels should not be based solely on the sale price of a property; rather, valuation schedules and models should be consistently applied to property data that is correct, complete, and up-to-date.

Frequently Answered Questions (Real Estate)

Who makes the decision to reassess?
Missouri Revised Statute 137.115 requires that the Assessor reassess all real property every 2 years on January 1st, in the odd-numbered year. This value is carried forward to the even-numbered year except for new construction and property improvements

Why does Clay County reassess real property?
The Assessor's Office is tasked to ensure that the tax burden is distributed equitably among all property owners. To accomplish this, Missouri Revised Statutes – Chapter 137, is followed when assessing all real property.

Re-assessment is the process that helps to validate that real property is valued at current market value. All real property in Clay County is valued with uniform and consistent procedures following Missouri Revised Statutes - Chapter 137. Over time the value of property changes due to market conditions, location, condition of property, and other physical and economic factors. Some property values change more rapidly than others. Reassessment identifies changes in market value, along with property condition to determine current market value.

How can I be sure that I'm only paying my fair share of taxes?
The Assessor’s Office continually collects and researches sales and lease data, income and expense data, along with other market factors when appraising the current market value of real property. An important point to remember is that the Assessor Office does not create market value; it analyzes the transactions of buyers and sellers to help determine property values during the reassessment process. It is buyers and sellers that determine the levels of property value with arm’s length sales transactions in the market place. Collected sales data is used to determine your properties current market value.

Once appraised values have been calculated based on information gathered by appraisers, the values are analyzed to determine how accurate and equitable they are. The Assessor's Office staff compares assessments to sales prices to determine ratios, which are then used to measure the level and uniformity of assessments. Sales ratio studies by neighborhood, type of property, and other criteria are performed regularly to assure uniformity of values. 

What is market value?
Market value, true market value in money and appraised value have the same meaning under Missouri law. A simple definition of market value is the price the property would bring when offered for sale by a person who is willing but not obligated to sell and it is bought by a person who is willing to purchase it but who are not forced to do so.

How do foreclosure properties affect my market value?
Foreclosure sales of real property are typically not considered a true arm’s length transaction, mainly for two reasons: 1) Seller motivation (do I have to sell to stop a foreclosure action or a bank owned property) when selling a foreclosure property is much different than a typical sale. 2) The physical condition of a foreclosure property is usually poor. Normally a foreclosure property will require extensive repairs to become salable. Foreclosure properties affect market value by forcing competing properties to adjust asking prices. Current sale data shows that real property not under duress to sell may have a longer marketing period but sells for a much higher value than a distressed foreclosure sale.

What is market value versus assessed value?
Market value is the appraised value of your property as of January 1st. Assessed value is calculated by multiplying the property market value, based on classification, by the correct assessment ratio. Classifications:  Agricultural – 12%, Residential – 19%, Commercial – 32%

How does the assessed value affect my real estate taxes?
The assessed value of your property is used to determine your portion of real estate taxes paid to support local school and government services. It is important to you and to our office that your assessed valuation is accurate.

The amount of real estate taxes paid in Clay County is determined by local taxing authorities such as school, fire, library, hospital, and road districts, along with city and county taxing authorities. This is why it is important to be aware of any proposed changes in spending by your local schools or governments.

Why do my taxes increase?
Tax levies and taxes increase due to increased costs of school and government services. The Assessor is tasked to value property at current market value as of January 1st.  As the cost of schools and government increases, so do your taxes.  An increase in your tax bill can be the result of an increase in your tax levy, an increase in your property assessment, a combination of tax levy & reassessment, or new construction on your property.

What are tax levies?
A tax levy is a number determined by a taxing authority such as a school district used in calculating, from the assessed value, the amount owed to that taxing authority for that tax year. As government services and costs increase, levies and taxes have to be raised to pay for these services.

Who are the taxing authorities in Clay County?
School Districts, Fire Districts, Ambulance Districts, Road Districts, Water Districts, Hospital Districts, Library Districts, Junior College along with City and County Districts. Your property location determines which districts receive your tax dollars. You will receive a separate city tax bill.

How can I determine the market value for my property?
The Change of Value Notice displays previous market value and current market value by the calendar year. Current and historical change of value notices is available online here.

When and how can I appeal my market value?

Informal hearings will be held from April through early May with an appraiser from the Assessor's Office. Please call for an appointment during the month of April.

Board of Equalization hearings will start in July. All requests for BOE appeals must be made through the Clerk's office. Original signed forms must be returned by the 3rd Monday in June. This step is mandatory for further appeals.

State Tax Commission hearings can be scheduled after filing with the Board of Equalization. State Tax Commission filing deadline is 30 days following the final action of the BOE or September 30th, whichever is later.

Where is the County Planning and Zoning?
County Planning and Zoning is located at 234 W. Shrader, Suite C, Liberty, MO 64068.

Clay County, Mo.

Contact Us

Clay County Assessor
Cathy Rinehart

Clay County Courthouse
1 Courthouse Square
Liberty, Missouri 64068
 
Phone: (816) 407-3500
Fax: (816) 407-3501
Email the Assessor


Clay County Courthouse Annex
1901 NE 48th St
Kansas City, Missouri 64118
 
Phone: (816) 407-3470
Fax: (816) 407-3461
Business: (816) 407-3460


GIS/Mapping
234 W. Shrader St, Suite D
Liberty, Missouri 64068
 
Phone: (816) 407-3370
Fax: (816) 407-3371
Email GIS/Mapping