Monday, June 10, 2019

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! HERE'S HOW TO FIGHT YOUR OUTRAGEOUS JACKSON COUNTY PROPERTY TAX INCREASE!!!



Over the past few days the most important story to hit Kansas City has been the threat of UNFAIR AND EXORBITANT property taxes targeting homeowners throughout Midtown, Downtown, Hyde Park and basically any halfway decent neighborhood in Jackson County.

Word of the complaints started earlier this year but hit the news on Friday evening. Already we notice some local outlets sharing Courthouse political spin about millennial home-buyers and their impact. However, this situation is far more serious than blaming hipsters for their love of avocado toast.

Make no mistake, people are going to lose their homes because of this property tax spike and the disproportionate impact targets the working poor and threatens to ruin the fabric of this community.

Worst of all and what needs to be pointed out . . .

BLAME THE PROPERTY TAX SPIKE ON YEARS OF THE LOCAL POLITICAL ELITE HANDING OUT FREEBIES, TAX BREAKS AND SUBSIDY TO DEVELOPERS!!! NOW BROKE-ASS JACKSON COUNTY HOME OWNERS WILL BE FORCED TO PICK UP THE TAB!!!

As always, our blog is focused on providing an alternative perspective whilst advocating for the working poor, joe six-pack and all of the other scumbags and weirdos who make this town the very best place in the Midwest. Losing the REAL people of Kansas City to condo dwelling d-bags and tiny house interlopers would ruin KCMO in a way that's much worse and far more insidious than the constant efforts to mimic Denver or Portland. More than anything, this fight against higher property taxes is a struggle for the heart & soul of Kansas City.

To wit . . .

TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! HERE'S HOW TO START THE FIGHT AGAINST JACKSON COUNTY PROPERTY TAX INCREASES!!!

We welcome help in this struggle and believe this is the best way to proceed.

Homeowners Must Appeal The Assessment


Start at the Assessment department . . . HOMEOWNERS ONLY HAVE TWO WEEKS once they get your formal assessment. But again, already everyone is panicking over the online appraisal estimates. For now, this Courthouse graphic we've featured directs locals to the Jackson County Assessment Department 2019 Informal Review Request Form . Work the system and homeowners will probably get a few hundred bucks off their bill.

You're welcome.

But that's not really gonna make a big difference . . . Here's a better tactic:

Let Jackson County Legislators Know That Blame For EPIC Bills STARTS With Them


Don't worry, there's more than enough blame to go around. Mayor Sly also deserves a great deal of responsibility along with just about every creep who calls themselves a developer in KCMO. But the current batch of legislators are on shaky ground amid this crisis. Be careful, all of these politicos are looking to trade favors and they'll make big promises to take off political pressure. But Frank White, Crystal Williams and a few others really need to take responsibility for their horrific management that started this crisis.

FIRST ON TKC: YES VOTE SUPPORTERS  ON KANSAS CITY QUESTION 1 ARGUE FOR  LOWER PROPERTY TAXES


Call this a bit of good fortune but don't forget that our TKC BLOG COMMUNITY reported it FIRST . . .

KANSAS CITY QUESTION 1 PROPONENTS CLAIM THAT LIMITING DEVELOPER SUBSIDIES HELPS THE LOCAL FIGHT AGAINST UNFAIR PROPERTY TAX INCREASES BY FORCING DEVELOPERS TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE!!!

TKC does not make election endorsements BUT it's fair to say that in the big picture the TIF-Watch activists pushing Question 1 have a point.

And so . . .



The development end game has finally been revealed as this property spike and so many more to follow have targeted working poor residents and threaten to replace them by attrition and in favor of higher income denizens of the urban core who have been lured by developers who won't be paying any taxes at all.

You decide . . .

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks T, the info is important but it would be much better if we had a real newspaper for the people that stood up for home owners. Fox4 did a great job with their story but so far the Star is silent. Sad when a lowly blogger beats them even after the weekend.

Anonymous said...

the taxes are only going to get worse. Just wait until they start building that new jail.

Angela K. said...

Disagree with naming Crystal Williams as responsible. She is actually helping her constituents get lower assessments or at least appeal the process. Typical that you would blame a woman first.

Gribbs said...

KC moving out all of the poor people and getting better residents. Don't see anything wrong with that! Good job.

Anonymous said...

^^^ Good luck with that strategy dipsh*t. Replacing paying taxpayers with no revenue greedy developers. Just wait and see how that works the bubble is already bursting. The first problem was building so many hotels, that convention hotel is the biggest corporate welfare deal we've ever seen. Blame your higher property taxes on that.

Snowflake KC said...

This is why I'm voting for Bernie!

Shining a light on the corrupt trash running the city of KCMO and other agencies said...

"Millennial homebuyers are driving up prices on low end of real estate market"



Ah here we go let the bullshit begin.

Anonymous said...

^^^ I think that story was written by the KC Gopher!

Anonymous said...

Mike Frazier, the President and CEO of ReeceNichols


Hahaha oh ya the wonderful Reece Nichols! This crew is the #1 fucking enemy of the people!

Anonymous said...

KC needs a better class of leader, time to vote out ALL incumbents.

Anonymous said...

Vote Clay!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I protest my tax assessment every year and every year I win. They know vast majority will just bitch about it and do nothing so in the end they win you lose.

Anonymous said...

I thought all these liberal democrats love paying taxes. That is why they got the largest increase in property values. This so they will have enough money to pay for the "free" toy train.

Anonymous said...

Another reason to FIRE Frank White.

Anonymous said...

Outrageous!!! Taxes should never go up and keep pace with inflation!!! We should pay half as much for twice as many services!!! Where's my GOLDEN GARBAGE TRUCK???




Morons.

Anonymous said...

^^^^^^^^ Developer hack. Go sell you crap to SLY.

Your welfare days are done, bitch.

Anonymous said...

developers get it free but voters end up paying for it. That's what every politician up for election is doing.

Anonymous said...

Lucky people in Jackson County!

Clay Countians got the same sort of Assessment Increases, but, thanks to Ridgeway and Owen, (a.k.a. the Dastardly Duo), the mechanism for appeals has, for all intents and purposes, been shut down.

Coincidence? Ay don't think so!

Anonymous said...

11:17 has it right. If you feel your home has been overvalued, put the facts together and go argue it. Rather than piss and moan about it, think critically.

Are the properties being assessed at higher values or is the mill levy increasing? These are two separate things. While higher property values can be good if you're planning to sell or potentially take out a HELOC or something, it'll also cost you more in taxes. If you can't swing that tax payment, you probably overpurchased. The mill levy is the policy argument surrounding tax rates and not related to your homes value.

Anonymous said...

Did you guys know that when the value of your home increases, your property tax bill also increases?

Anonymous said...

Quick question for anyone here...I'm a little nervous about asking you guys because you'll talk about my mom or Matlock or something

...but

My property assessment came back around 90k...and was over a ten percent increase from last year. Actually had it appraised a couple years ago by a professional for a refi and it came in at 150k. My house is in the Waldo/Brookside area and if it sold I could probably get between 175k-200k because it's in a good neighborhood.

I've always felt like they've been doing me a favor by assessing it for under 100k. Should I protest mine? It was over a 10 percent increase, but the total is still well under market value. Would they come back and end up charging me more?

Anonymous said...

KcMO officials blame black on black violence on a lack of affordable le housing.

KCMO officials: “let’s get those housing appraisals up so we can get more revenues”!

Anonymous said...

Assessed values and resultant implications of increased taxes will be offset by the major taxing entities due to the Hancock amendment. Taxing jurisdictions have to adjust their rates to their demonstrated need for tax revenue. So it’s my belief that formula limits increases as the rates get lowered if the assessed values go up.

Contact your school district for verification. County property taxes are so low, but they must do the above calculation as well.

Anonymous said...

Great question 12:33! One person on here said they question it every year and win but I've only heard stories from people (not lots but some over the years) that when you appeal you're almost guaranteed to come out with a higher valuation.

Mine went up but it's still under market value.

Anonymous said...

LOL. What a joke. What do you think they will do with all the new money from the tax increase? The same thing they do with the money now... waste it.

State Line road south of 75th Street looks like it has been bombed and has been that way since February.

Spend money on roads and water now!!!!!

You think you can fight the tax increase!!!! LOLOLOLOL. Nope. Your new Communist Mayor (they are both Commies) will want even MORE money from you.



Anonymous said...

You poor folks in Jackson County are so screwed.

Those of us in Johnson County (KS) have been dealing with out of control tax re-appraisals for years. It sucks, and fighting it is futile. But, at least we get something for all the taxes we pay. Fantastic schools, decent roads and low crime.

What do YOU get for all those taxes?

Back in the day... Jackson County taxes were significantly less than Johnson County. Now they are reaching parity. That is such a rip off.

Anonymous said...

You can thank the Corrupt Democrats who run Jackson County for your high property taxes. Democrat County Executives Mike Sanders, Kathryn Shields and Bill Waris were all indicted while Sanders and Waris actually went to prison and those are facts.

Anonymous said...

How much will be enough?!?!

Anonymous said...

My $40K Crap Shack is now $270K

If your interested $270K CASH, as is.

Anonymous said...

I'm still trying to figure out the purpose of county government in the first place ...

Anonymous said...

Hancock Amendment does not apply to property in the KCMO school district due to the desegregation lawsuit 20 years ago. They can raise the levy as high as they want to. And there is nothing we can do about it.

Anonymous said...

And there is nothing we can do about it.


Sly James employee?

Anonymous said...

^^^ +100

Anonymous said...

What does Byron think about this shit? Oh, that’s right, he can’t afford a place, even with his homies in the shithole ghetto.

Anonymous said...

Shut up, Angela. You’re just a stupid woman, like Crystal. Did you used to be a dude?

Anonymous said...

"Debris-Field Of Broken Ideals & Lost Trust"


Sums up the Sly James era pretty nicely.

Anonymous said...

12:33 - assessed values are always under the true market value. But, the assessed increase should correlate to the increase in actual house values in your area. And, I think there is a % factor the city/county governments use to determine that assessed value. If I'm not mistaken it's usually on the assessment statements. So, just for an example, if the factor is 70% and similar houses to yours are going for $100k, then the assessed value is $70k. But let's say you have a foundation issue in your house and you can prove that with pictures of cracks in your ceiling or by having an assessor look at it, you could conceivably argue that the fix alone would cost you $20k and therefore, your house is only worth $80k and your assessed value would be $56k. Or, another angle could be that house that is valued at $100k has a finished basement and you don't.

Anonymous said...

Reason #9,999 to NOT live in JaCo!

Anonymous said...

The hood didn’t get any of their taxes raised, they’re all the same as last years, no increase, not one penny. Frankie boy taking care of his people, black people that is.

Anonymous said...

Anybody actually get anything in the mail from these asshats? I haven’t gotten a letter yet and they set the deadline for the 24th, absolute bullshit

Anonymous said...

Maybe it’s time for a law suit too be filed!

Anonymous said...

My property doubled in value, in their eyes. What a bunch of bullshit. Elect one of these Democrat Socialists and I think this will be the tip of the iceberg. They will have to get the money somewhere for all these freeloaders.

Jobu said...

This property tax situation is out of control. Can't if you're going to make KC homeowners pay, then you should at least start charging developers taxes instead of letting them get off scot-free.

Pendergast said...

KC has the best government money can buy.

Anonymous said...

Glad I live in a county with an elected assessor. No way in hell did some properties double in value in one year.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for providing this guide. The county link was helpful. what people should realize is they don't have a lot of time to contest the assessment. They need to stay on top of it or risk getting thrown out of their houses.

Anonymous said...

This is absolutely the cost of gentrification. Shame on everyone who supports this kind of nonsense.

Anonymous said...

7:42 - really, doubled in value, really????? Let's say you have a $150k split level, you're going to tell me it's worth $300k now???? If that's the case, sell and move man. Either that or get your shit together and dispute the value. That would require you to log off TKC and take a break from bitching about taxes and roads for a bit, so it might be asking a little much.

Anonymous said...

8:08 we have an elected Assessor. Actually this one is appointed and filling out the remaining term of the predecessor. As soon as they were embedded, the reassessed the County. Average increase was probably 30% (one went up 36%, one went up 28% with no modifications/updates/etc.), taking assessed values above market values. The trick though is that you can protest it and they'll "reassess" back "down" to 25% and everybody says, oh, that's great. Just like taxes. If people actually had to write their quarterlies to the gov, we'd have immediate tax reform. Instead, some very smart people put together the "refund" at the end of the year to make the mostly uneducated populace delighted at "getting" money from the gov at the end of the tax year.

Anonymous said...

^^Was the county reassessed simply because it hadn't been done in a while and the new Assessor thought it was a good time to do it? Is that what's driving all the consternation? Generally, the only time properties are reassessed is when building permits are pulled or a house is sold/purchased. And how do they take assessed values above market values? Are you legit saying the assessor came in a did an arbitrary increase on all properties across the board and basically banked on "breakage" or homeowners not arguing their assessed values?

I get the refund argument. Finance guys always say you're lending the government money interest free but I also like the fact that government keeps me from blowing that money throughout the year. Yeah, yeah, I know I could be earning whatever return on it but a couple hundred bucks a month is probably going to have me spending it on dumb shit vs. a chunk at the end of the year I'll probably put to work via investments.