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Appraised values up by $1 million in Pottawatomie County for 2014

By The Mercury

WESTMORELAND — The appraised value of property in Pottawatomie County increased by about $1 million in 2014, according to Lois Schlegel, county appraiser.

Schlegel gave county commissioners an overview Monday of the appraised values of land and buildings, as well as an update on residential home sales and construction over the past year.

The appraised value of all land and buildings in the county is $1,753,635,570 in 2014 –– about $1 million more than the $1,652,691,530 for 2013, according to figures provided by Schlegel.

The appraised value of new construction in the past year is slightly more than $47 million, a significant jump over the $31.27 million the previous year.

The average sale price of a home in Pott County also continued a multi-year climb, according to Schlegel.

The average sale price of a home in 2013 was $192,640, an increase of nearly $11,000 from the previous year.

Average home sale prices have increased every year since 1998, with the exception of 2009, the year following the housing collapse.

In the past 16 years, the average sale price of a home in Pott County has increased from $80,467 in 1998 to $192,640 last year.

The average price of a home along the U.S. Highway 24 corridor exceeded the countywide average, especially along the corridor between Wamego and Manhattan, according to Schlegel.

In 2013, the average home price along U.S. 24 was $198,860, while the average price in the area between Wamego and Manhattan was $214,510.

The average sale price for new dwellings in 2013 was $224,500.

Ninety-three percent of all home sales in 2013 were located along the Highway 24 corridor, with 85 percent of the sales between Wamego and Manhattan.

Only 7 percent of the 2013 sales were north of the corridor.

“That gives you a very clear picture of where it’s happening,” Schlegel told commissioners.

There were 757 total property sales in the county in 2013, well above the 671 sales in 2012 and 529 sales in 2011. In other business Monday:

• The commission endorsed a plan to extend Excel Rd. a half mile north to Junietta Rd. to accommodate future development in Blue Township.

The county abandoned the half-mile stretch years ago, but decided to add it back into engineering designs currently being developed for the area.

“None of us knows for sure what’s going to happen,” Leu Lowrey, public works director, told commissioners. “We’re just using what we know now and projecting what future development is going to look like.”

Lowrey anticipated that improvements to the extension of Excel Road, as well Harvest Rd. to Lake Elbo Road, are still five or six years away.

• The commission approved the request of Justin Boswell to add a second entrance to his property at the crest of a hill on Godlove Rd., near the intersection of Major Jenkins Rd.

The current entrance, Boswell said, is near the base of the hill and is very dangerous due to lack of sight distance.

• Commissioner Pat Weixelman questioned why tags for heavy trucks are no longer issued in Pottawatomie County. Instead, owners have to drive to Manhattan to renew tags for heavy trucks.

“If nothing else, it ought to be made public so people know about it,” Weixelman said.

County Administrator Robert Reece said he would have treasurer Lisa Wright explain the state-mandated regulation to the commission.

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