Appraiser's office sees increase in valuation appeals
More Douglas County property owners have filed appeals for their property valuations than a year ago.
County Appraiser Marion Johnson said about 1,800 people had filed an appeal by Friday afternoon, but he expected to get a lot more in Monday's mail.
"We've had quite a bit of foot traffic today," he said late Friday. "I anticipate we'll have about 2,000 appeals by the time we're through."
The appeals deadline was Friday.
In 2000, the county conducted 1,600 hearings, about 5 percent of the county's land parcels. About 45 percent of the appellants received a value change.
Johnson said the reason for the appeal increase is because several property owners received higher valuations. Valuations in east and north Lawrence were expected to range from 15 to 20 percent.
Appeal hearings will continue through April and must be finished by May 15.
Contest winners named
A Lawrence man will be going to a number of movies this year.
Bryan Frey is the first-place winner in the Journal-World's Oscar prediction contest. Frey picked the correct winner in 11 of the 12 categories. He will receive 52 movie passes and a framed movie poster.
Courtnie Bridges and Carmen Hocking, both of Lawrence, each will receive six movie passes. They and a number of other entrants tied by picking 10 of the 12 categories correctly. Bridges' and Hocking's names were selected in a drawing.
Clerk says interest is up for advance voting in county
Advance voting in Douglas County is up nearly 74 percent from the same period during the primary election, Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes reported Friday.
As of Friday afternoon, Jaimes said 685 people had taken advantage of advance voting for the general election. That compares to 394 advance voters at the same time in the late-February primary election.
Jaimes said the advance voting totals means there probably will be a higher turnout for Tuesday's election. She said not as many voters went to the polls Feb. 27 because of poor weather.
Advance voting continues from 10 a.m. to noon today and 8 a.m. to noon Monday at the county courthouse, 1100 Mass.
In the file photo above, Linda Dick, election clerk, ran the advance voting room in a past election at the Douglas County Courthouse.