Frank White was one of the most exceptional baseball players Kansas City has ever witnessed. His career spanned 18 years and his honors include 8 Golden Glove awards, a critical role in a World Series Championship team along with a legacy of consistently outstanding play. Sadly, his record as a Jackson County Executive has been disparately abysmal.
He was stripped of control of the COMBAT anti-drug tax administration.
He's now involved in a legal complaint against the County that makes serious accusations about his conduct as an elected official.
And the enduring human rights safety crisis at the jail hasn't garnered a satisfactory fix.
AND NOW, OUTRAGE OVER DISPROPORTIONATE JACKSON COUNTY COUNTY PROPERTY TAXES INCREASES HAVE AWAKENED KANSAS CITY TO THE REAL WORLD IMPACT OF CHAOS AT THE COURTHOUSE!!!
Critics consider that all of these problems are a symptom of Frank White's troubled administration.
Whilst TKC believes Sheriff Darryl Forté is doing his best in confronting the longstanding jail crisis and handled the "great bra debate" admirably. There's no denying that his tenure is a reflection on "Team Frank" and the Sheriff has recently fallen out of favor with local progressives and women over the metal detector controversy.
Meanwhile, Gail McCann Beatty was well-liked by most locals until now. Her debut as the new director of the Jackson County Assessment Department has been the most arduous in KCMO history and, behind the scenes, she is taking most of the blame for this colossal public relations disaster.
Accordingly, we share this big picture perspective on the hot mess still in progress.
"Shame on people who voted for Frank White just because he was a good ball player. What we're witnessing is that experience counts. People who were impressed by his 'star power' don't care so much about baseball history now that they're getting hit with 200% increases in their property tax bill. Someone with governmental experience and knowledge of how the County really works would've never let this nightmare occur. But the people advising Frank White don't care about the consequences and he's too clueless to understand the serious hardship his tenure has created for local homeowners. So this situation should, at least, offer a lesson for KC voters: Don't elect a celebrity because the odds are that they won't know what they're doing."
The big gamble here is that voters will forget their frustration. And it's worth reminding readers that the Exec also confronts future questions about his finances and a more more pending complaints which also threaten to chip away at his local legacy.
UPDATE: Once again local MSM weighs in on the drama tonight . . .
There are now 22,000 informal appeals related to the growing reassessment mess in Jackson County. The Jackson County Board of Equalization (BOE), which decides formal appeals of property valuations, is now bracing to hear the cases from people who believe their property was overvalued in the recent reassessment.
According to one survey, there are at least 38 properties in the urban core with property assessment increases of more than 250 percent.
Frank Doubles Down
JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- How did Jackson County determine your property values? The woman at the top said she'd like another week to work on her presentation, but school representatives are pushing back saying that's a question she should be able to answer right now.
Developing . . .