Friday, June 28, 2019
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATURE STATEMENT DEMANDS EXEC FRANK WHITE NULLIFY PROPERTY TAX HIKES & THREATENS INVESTIGATION!!!
The members of the Jackson County Legislature have heard public outcry and now move into action to address thousands upon thousands of property tax hike grievances.
The latest . . .
FIRST ON TKC!!! HERE'S AN EPIC NOTE FROM THE LEGISLATURE REQUESTING FRANK WHITE NULLIFY THE CONTROVERSIAL RECENT ASSESSMENTS & START OVER!!!
A few stragglers aside, this message represents THE FULL LEGISLATURE and now has enough votes to pass . . . We're hoping to see a unanimous request to the Exec but it will win either way. What's important is this: Insiders tell us that Exec Frank White can request a "do-over" from Missouri officials and it would be easier if the former baseball legend also paid attention to public outcry and followed the lead of his colleagues.
Here's the word THANKS TO AWESOME COURTHOUSE INSIDERS who helped our blog community give voice to taxpayer backlash:
STATEMENT FROM JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATURE ON PROPERTY TAX ISSUE
We the members of the Jackson County Legislature are requesting the following from Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr.:
It has become clear there are numerous grave errors in the 2019 Assessment values recently sent to the citizens of Jackson County. We respectfully request those assessments be discarded, and you freeze at last year’s value level. The massive swings in home and land values, often on the same block, cause us to distrust the process used in valuation, especially after reading media reports of a county whistle-blower discounting the process.
Homeowners in every part of Jackson County were hit with giant increases. Many thousands of homeowners (over 21,000) challenged those increases through the informal review process, even though many thousands of notices went out so late many didn’t have the opportunity to file for review. We know the county will not be able to complete those reviews by the June 29th deadline.
Government exists first and foremost to help people and provide needed services. It’s our responsibility to advocate for our constituents, the same constituents the county executive represents. It has been grossly unfair to require our constituents to wage this battle on their own, when we can all see how seriously flawed the process has been.
We hear from this administration they are simply following state law, requiring that our homes are valued correctly. Some properties, have been undervalued for years and we recognize that. Surprising current residents with such a huge increase in one year’s time is wrong. None of us argue that we should have properly valued homes, but it’s not our constituents’ responsibility, in one year to fix this issue especially when many of the values are calculated wrong.
What about the tax payers who did not see their increase and therefore did not dispute the amount? We have heard from constituents who never received a copy of their updated assessment. For many, the first time they will see their change in valuations will be when their escrow is changed by the mortgage company and their payment goes up by several hundred dollars per month. Residents who don’t have a mortgage may receive a huge bill in December. Residents who rent a home will also endure the brunt of these increases by having their rent go up. As the area continues ongoing dialogue about affordable housing, it appears the county executive isn’t concerned with such matters.
County Executive Frank White needs to do the right thing and land on the side of those he represents. He must acknowledge mistakes were made, own up to it for the residents of Jackson County. This is not a burden that should be borne by the tax payers of Jackson County.
If the Administration does not elect to nullify the recent assessment we will call for an immediate investigation of the allegations made by a whistle blower regarding the errors that occurred during this process.
Developing . . .