County Appraiser
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Location: County Courthouse
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm

The County Appraiser's Office is responsible for the appraisal of all real estate, both commercial and residential, and the appraisal of all personal property in the county.

What Do Appraisers Do?

The County Appraiser:

  • Is interested in fairness and equity
  • Determines property values, not tax rates
  • Uses formulaic methods to ensure a high level of accuracy

On the other hand, the Appraiser:

  • Does not set tax rates
  • Does not collect taxes
  • Is not focused on tax dollars

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Frequently Asked Questions

Property is not prorated on the tax roll when acquired and is not prorated off the tax roll when disposed of (K.S.A. 79-309). However, private contracts between buyers and sellers will often prorate the property tax. The only exceptions to this are… Read More

State law requires the county appraiser to view and inspect all property in the county once every six years. Your county appraiser may view and inspect your property more than once every six years due to market conditions and for quality control.

Motor vehicles are appraised in the following ways: Motorcycles, automobiles and light trucks that are tagged to operate at 20,000 pounds or less on public roads are appraised for tax purposes using a formula set forth in laws. The motor vehicles… Read More

To fall under the tax definition of an "RV" the vehicle must be, among other things, for use on a chassis and designed as living quarters for recreational, camping, vacation or travel use; have a body width not exceeding 8½ feet and a body length… Read More

You can visit the county appraiser's office to review information on similar properties and verify that the information the appraiser's office has on your home is correct. If a neighbor has a similar house which recently sold, the sale price may… Read More

This is how you can calculate the property taxes on your property: Looking at your notice of value, find the "appraised value" of your property. Multiply the appraised value by the "assessment percentage" for your property _ (appraised value) times… Read More
Brad Eldridge


Brad has 25 years of experience as a real estate appraiser, including 14 years overseeing commercial real estate values for Douglas County. Eldridge writes and teaches classes for aspiring county appraisers who are seeking to meet their requirements and certifications.


Eldridge received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Baker University in 1998 and has completed more than 70 appraisal courses. He is a certified general appraiser for the State of Kansas, and he has a MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute.  He holds the Certified Assessment Evaluator designation from the International Association of Assessing Officers, where he serves as a senior national instructor.


Eldridge’s goals as County Appraiser include public engagement, integration of technology and effective leadership.

Douglas County Courthouse

1100 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
United States

County Courthouse