Theresa Galvin is the 2019 Jackson County Legislative Chair and this week MSM politely ignored her losing it on an allegedly foul-mouthed constituent complaining about higher taxes.
Luckily, AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS are always vigilant and think that her statement on the property tax crisis, an ensuing tantrum and the entire scene is worth a quick peek.
Take a look and note that we excluded a shot of the allegedly naughty resident because it's unclear what he said and it's probably not important anyhoo . . .
Now, as this crisis continues we notice anger from the public escalating and it'll likely reach the boiling point when it becomes clear that legislators aren't going to do anything. Instead it's obvious they plan to weather the storm and hope voters forget about the high prices a few years from now.
That's unlikely but it also leads us to the bigger picture . . .
COURTHOUSE INSIDERS THINK THIS PROPERTY TAX FIASCO HAS THE POTENTIAL TO STOP DOWNTOWN PROGRESS AND DISSUADE NEW RESIDENTS FROM LIVING IN KANSAS CITY!!!
Here's the argument:
"Look how horribly this entire episode has been handled. There's no rhyme or reason to it. Homeowners were delivered a huge bill and very little help from the county outside of a few bull sessions. This this is so bad that it provides a wonderful example of why people should think twice about moving to KCMO inside Jackson County. There's no accountability and now the cost of living, a main selling point, is steadily climbing upward, too. Add that to all of the other problems a homeowner has to confront and the upside to living in KC has been heavily discounted. We've done a pretty decent job of getting people back Downtown at quite a great cost. This property tax mess might ruin that progress."
And so we ask our blog community . . .
SHOULD THE JACKSON COUNTY PROPERTY TAX HOT MESS DISCOURAGE PEOPLE FROM MOVING TO KANSAS CITY PROPER?!?!?
For the latest, here's further reading on the topic . . .
Westside Do Over
Jackson County says the reassessment of 15,000 pieces of property are now being disputed."We're now looking at the entire Westside," said Gail McCann Beatty, the county's director of assessment. On Tuesday, the county clarified its plans for the neighborhood.
Talking Tax Push Back
Assessments on single family homes in Jackson County were up 18 percent on average this year, but some are far higher. But county officials say you can steps to challenge the increase and avoid a bigger tax bill. The national debt, at $22 trillion and counting, amounts to over $67,000 per person.
Home To Complaints
Kansas City's Westside neighborhood is growing and changing due in part to gentrification. Some residents worry that the higher property tax bills are threatening the Mexican-American culture of the area.The older homes in the Westside that have been redone, the brand-new homes coming in are driving up Westside land values.
EPIC Appeal Underway
Thousands of Jackson County homeowners are waiting for the county assessor's office to look over their informal appeals applications challenging the accuracy of their property assessment notices. According to a county spokesperson, as of Monday afternoon, more than 15,000 applications had been filed. Angie Splittgerber is among the homeowners who appealed online.
Costly Jackson County Courthouse Glitch Discovered
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - There is surprising new information about how appraisers may have determined the value of homes in Jackson County, and the lack of information they had available to them. It comes from a whistleblower inside the county who calls the assessment a colossal mistake and decided to share inside information directly with KCTV5 News investigative reporter Angie Ricono.
You decide . . .