County files foreclosure suit against Kress Building owner over small parcel of land

WICHITA — Sedgwick County has filed a tax foreclosure suit against Kress Building LLC, the owner of the Kress Building at 224 E. Douglas.

The taxes aren’t for the building but for a small piece of vacant land adjacent to it.

“I think what has happened is that has just escaped payment,” says Chris McElgunn, the attorney representing the county.

He says the amount is somewhere between $6,000 and $7,000.

The building owner couldn’t be reached for comment.

McElgunn says it’s a common accounting error when a property owner doesn’t realize that one piece of a property may be listed separately on the tax rolls.

“They’ve got to make arrangements to come in and pay the taxes,” he says. “It’s my understanding that the property manager is making arrangements.”