It could be a long time before JaxCo assessments are settled

Bill Grady
July 10, 2019 - 8:40 am

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Jackson County officials are getting a better perspective on the property assessment SNAFU, and some are advising people not to expect a quick fix.

Some property owners were shocked to receive assessments that increased by 200 percent, and some were much higher than that.

Hundreds of physical inspections of properties may be required because of Missouri law, said Theresa Galvin, county legislature chair.

"If the assessor may increase the assessed valuation of any parcel, sub-class real property by 15 percent since the last assessment, that the assessor shall conduct physical inspection of such property," Galvin said.

Galvin has written a letter to the state tax commission expressing her concerns. If inspections are required, extra personnel may be needed and the process would be lengthy.

"This could take well into next year," Galvin said. "If they follow this, and they go through, and there isn't any adjustment made, this will go into next year."

This week, the Jackson County Board of Equalization voted to extend the deadline for appealing assessments until the July 29. The exact reason for the big increases still a mystery.

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