Tax protest forms remain in demand at the Douglas County treasurer's office.
The treasurer's office had handed out more than 850 forms through Thursday and people continued to come into the courthouse this morning for more forms, County Treasurer Nancy Hempen said.
Only 12 completed forms have been filed so far with the treasurer's office, she said. Some forms were double-counted by treasurer's office staff in an earlier count Wednesday that turned up 16 forms, she explained.
State officials have said they expect about 10 percent of property owners in Kansas will pay their 1989 taxes under protest. That would amount to about 2,500 payments under protest in Douglas County.
Mrs. Hempen said people can protest if they think their property was valued incorrectly or if they think the mill levy set by a taxing body was illegal, meaning it exceeded the state-imposed limit.
Keith Farrar, chairman of the State Board of Tax Appeals, said he expects very few protests based on allegations of illegal levies.
Most protests will be based on valuation, he said, noting that people also can protest the way their property was classified. For example, a two-story building might contain a business on the first floor and an apartment on the second floor. If the entire building was assessed at the commercial rate of 30 percent, the taxpayer would have grounds to protest the tax bill, he said.
The completed protest forms must be turned into the treasurer's office, which won't start the appeals process until payment is made on at least half of the 1989 taxes. The first half of the tax is due Dec. 20.
Before Dec. 20, the payment and the protest form don't have to be filed together. However, after the 20th, the treasurer's office won't accept a protest form unless it's accompanied by the tax payment.