JaxCo legislators criticize report on property tax mess

Bill Grady
October 22, 2019 - 9:16 am

Kansas City, MO - Jackson County legislators hoped for a load of information on the property reassessment mess when they held a Monday session on the subject. 

They were disappointed.

Homeowners in the county are still wondering what to do about valuations that suddenly sent their tax liabilities soaring, some by hundreds of percentage points.

The only real bright spot in Monday’s meeting was word from assessment director Gail McCann-Beatty that the informal review process has been completed. Data from almost 22,000 properties is compiled, and ahead of schedule. But the catch is the tax bills still won’t be mailed out until the second week in November.

"Nothing about this encourages me," said Crystal Williams, legislator. "I'm not goint to put this behind me and say that this is all peachy because we've got thousands and thousands of people that are still waiting to find out whether or not they could be paying as much as $2,000 a year."

The quality of the information that was gathered in the review was brought into question.

"The appraisers that have been brought in under contract are from St. Louis," said Theresa Galvin, legislature chair. "They don't know anything about Jackson County, they don't know Kansas City or this area at all. It's kind of hard for them to do actual comparables." 

When the bills are received property owners have until Jan. 1 to appeal, first to the county. If taxpayers get no satisfaction there, they proceed to state officials, all while the meter runs on late fees. 

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