The "news" is that the debate continues as local media witnessed rising homeowner angst against a broken process that has changed political fortunes and sparked debate but has yet to offer any advancement toward a solution.
The recap . . .
The Jackson County Board of Equalization on Thursday tabled a proposal to cap property assessment increases. The board says it needs more information.
Board member Preston Smith is asking the board to reduce assessed value increases to 14 percent on properties that received more than a 200 percent hike.
This would not affect any property with an assessed value increase of less than 12 percent. Those values would stay the same.
"Basically what we have now is a train wreck," Preston Smith said. "We are a total disaster. We have areas clearly favored above other areas in taxation. It’s based on factors of race and poverty. These are people who’d be a lot less likely to make appeals. The people who would be likely to make appeals, they avoided raising taxes in those areas."
It gets worse . . .
THERE'S NOW A 10-DAY DEADLINE TO CHALLENGE THE PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT THAT JACKSON COUNTY HAS FLUBBED OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS!!!
And so, it's likely we're on the way to another showdown . . .
On the other side . . .
Jackson County Executive issues statement after BOE meeting
“The Board of Equalization took the appropriate step today by requesting additional information regarding the impact of the proposal before them. The Board has every right to be fully informed and the County looks forward to providing members with information from the assessment department to ensure that happens.
“From the beginning, I have said the County is committed to ensuring that the assessment process is both fair and accurate. We remain actively engaged in that process as the assessment department continues to work with property owners to process informal reviews and today, the BOE began hearing formal appeals. The assessment process is long, but it is in place to ensure that property owners are heard and that corrections, when appropriate, are made. The deadline to file a BOE appeal is Monday, July 29.”
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Best Community Coverage
The Board of Equalization has postponed the consideration of a proposal that would cap the increase in property tax increases. Residents gathered this morning outside the Jackson County Courthouse to protest the recent hikes in property taxes. People held signs that said "Cap the Tax" and "Frank White still trying to steal home(s)."
The fight over the Jackson County reassessment mess is dragging on and becoming even more contentious as critics alleged the assessment discriminated against poorer areas. The county Board of Equalization (BOE) on Thursday had a plan on its agenda that would throw out the assessment and cap property value increases at no more than 14 percent.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Jackson County Board of Equalization on Thursday tabled a proposal to cap property assessment increases. The board says it needs more information. Chairman Christopher Smith says he wants to know how a proposal to cap assessment increases at no more than 14 percent would impact Jackson County in terms of being equitable, legal and fair.
Data Reveals Disparity
JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- Homeowners and a member of the Board of Equalization are saying the state needs to investigate how property taxes were calculated in Jackson County. It's in response to new troubling information KCTV5's investigative team uncovered with the help of a data expert.
Clock Is Ticking . . .
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Jackson County Board of Equalization on Thursday tabled a proposal that would limit property assessment increases, saying that board members need more information before deciding whether to vote on it.
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