Nearly one and a half years ago, the Sand Creek Ranch property in Johnson County received it’s assessments for state property taxes. Ranch owners were shocked to see an assessment notice showing over $100,000 in property taxes would be due that year. The previous year’s tax bill had been less than $10,000.
Nearly one year ago the Ranch owners made an appearance before the Johnson County Board of Equalization to appeal the massive increase in property taxes assessed on the Ranch. One of the arguments was that each one-acre lot also included an interest in the ranch as a whole. According to ranch owners that interest should not have been considered when determining fair market value.
The board upheld the assessments conducted by the Johnson County Assessor Dorothy Elsom. Ranch officials appealed that decision to the State Board of Equalization and had a hearing last summer. The Board has yet to issue a ruling.
In the meantime, the Ranch has sued to find the portion of state law that allows the large assessments as unconstitutional. They were supposed to have a hearing on a motion of summary judgment yesterday. That proceeding was postponed as the state has asked for a new judge in the case.