Darlene M. Plummer
Property Valuation Administrator
The PVA offers a free Basic Property Search that will help you find information on property ownership and assessed property value. You can search by Name, Location, PIDN, Deed or Subdivision. If you are looking for more detailed information, a very affordable Subscription Search Service is available that provides more detailed information such as transfer history, improvement characteristics, property class, and tax information.
The PVA Office does not set tax rates, tax districts or collect tax bills. The Kenton County Sheriff's Office is responsible for collecting property taxes. Please contact their office with any issues concerning your property tax bill.
The Subscription Search Service allows you to view the transfer history for any property in Kenton County when available. With the Subscription Search Service, you can search by address, sale price and date range, parcel ID, owner, or by legal description.
You can find information such as year built, square footage, number of bathrooms, and more listed in the Property Details section of any property report when logged into your Subscription Search Service. If you're not signed up yet, find out more in the Subscription Search Service area. Please note that certain characteristics may not be available within our records.
You can find out if you're eligible for an exemption in the Property assessment section of this website. There you will find information on Homestead/Disability Exemptions, Exemptions for Religious Groups and Exemptions for Non-Profit Groups.
You can download the “Change of Address form” from the Forms section.
The PVA is happy to print out a map of your property for you at no charge. Maps of any other property can be obtained in our office for a
You can also print your own maps from the internet at www.kentonpva.com.
Contact the PVA at (859) 392-1750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. (PVA maps are not legal documents and should be used for general reference only.)
Each year, you can appeal your current property assessment. To learn more about how to appeal your assessment, click on the Appeal Process.
If the PVA has information about your property that is incomplete or inaccurate, you can Email us at email@example.com or call our office at (859) 392-1750 to ensure it is corrected.
Name changes may only be made with proper legal documentation. If you wish to add, change or remove a name on your property record, an official document such as a Deed or Will must be recorded with the County Clerk. In some cases, Name changes may be made by submitting an official Death Certificate and/or Legal Will to the PVA Office. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (859) 392-1750 if you have any questions.
Kenton County Property Valuation Administrator's responsibilities are to discover, list and value all properties within the county. Property not exempted from taxation is to be assessed for taxation at its fair cash value, estimated at the price it would bring at a fair voluntary sale. The PVA is charged with assessing all property equitably and accurately. Learn more about the Property Assessment process.
Property owners do not need to make improvements to their property for their assessment to change. Since the assessed value is to reflect Fair Cash Value, as real estate values rise or fall, the assessed value will follow. All properties do not change by the same percentage. Factors in the market place like supply, demand, interest rates, and amenities determine the value of your property.
Other reasons for a change in assessed value include additions to your property or permanent damage to your property. Property owners have a responsibility to report any changes made to their property that could affect value, to the PVA.
Remember, the PVA DOES NOT CREATE VALUE. It is just the PVA’s legal responsibility to discover and estimate the worth of all property. Transactions that occur in the market place determine value.
The person down the street from you with acreage may have a lower value because they qualify for an Agricultural and Horticultural Exemption.
Property (usually defined as greater than 10 acres actively used for an agricultural or horticultural purpose) has a specific agricultural value and is not taxed the same as a residence. It is designed to provide for a preferential assessment on farm land.
If you purchased property after January 1, you may not receive a tax bill in your name until the following year depending on when you purchased the property. Your name may appear as a c/o or not at all.
However, depending on your closing statement, you may be required to pay the tax bill in the “previous owner's name”. This should be determined at the time of closing and the adjustment should be reflected in your closing costs. Tax pro-rations are typically based upon the most recent tax bill available.
You cannot appeal your property when you get your tax bill. Per KRS 133.045, the Property Tax roll is open for inspection for thirteen (13) days beginning on the first Monday in May each year. The assessments must be finalized before the tax rates are calculated. Learn more about the Appeal Process.
The tax rate varies according to the location of the property. The total tax rate consists of a state tax, a county tax, a city tax (if applicable), a library tax, a health tax, an extension office rate, health rate, a fire district rate and a school district rate.
Real Estate values are determined as of the assessment date, January 1 of each year. If you purchased your home after January 1 for a lesser value than that on the tax bill, please contact our office at (859) 391-1750. We may be able to adjust your value for the following year.
The exemption your neighbor may be getting is a statutory exemption based on age, disability or agriculture.
The Homestead/Disability Exemption for assessment years 2015 and 2016 is $36,900, which reduces your assessment each year for both county and city taxes. The exemption is determined by the State every two years.
You may get a Homestead/Disability Exemption for Commercial Property only if you own AND occupy the building (e.g. you live on the second floor of the commercial building). Learn more about the Homestead/Disability Exemption.
All automobiles, trucks, boats, boat trailers, motorcycles, aircraft, and recreational vehicles must be assessed as of January 1 of each year. Motor vehicles are generally taxed in the county of registration. If you have assessment questions regarding motor vehicles or boats, please contact our office at (859) 392-1750.
The PVA may be able to lower the value of your vehicle if you have excessive mileage or damage. If you have assessment questions regarding your motor vehicle assessment, please contact our office at (859) 392-1750.
To remove your vehicle from the tax roll, proper documentation is required.
Please see Motor Vehicle Affidavit.
Per statute all vehicle taxes are assessed as of January 1. If you own the vehicle on January 1st of that year you are responsible for the taxes.
Unfortunately, you will have to contact both state offices to ensure that the vehicle has been properly removed from one state and registered in another state.
Please note: other states do not notify Kentucky when a vehicle is transferred out-of-state.
If you junked a vehicle, you may still receive a motor vehicle tax bill because the junkyard does not typically let our office know when they receive a “junked” vehicle.
Please see Motor Vehicle Affidavit.
Your tangible tax bill is based on your KY Tangible Return, Form 62A500, which you file in our office by May 15th of each year.
The calculated tax is based on the reported value you listed on the return.
Tangible property is Self-Declared.