Wednesday, July 03, 2019
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! JACKSON COUNTY ASSESSOR UNDER SIEGE FROM PROTESTERS AMID PROPERTY TAX HIKE!!! HOMEOWNER OUTCRY: SHAME ON YOU!!!
Just now, the Jackson County Board of Equalization meeting proved both eventful yet ultimately unproductive.
The only real news of the meeting: There was a motion to extend the property tax appeal deadline and the BOE delayed the request leaning toward NO.
They'd just rather disappoint homeowners later and avoid more questions. Meanwhile, the discussion from both politicos & the crowd was far more relevant.
To wit . . .
SPECIAL THANKS TO AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS FOR LIVE UPDATES FROM THE LATEST PROPERTY TAX SMACKDOWN!!! MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE TODAY, JACKSON COUNTY ASSESSOR GAIL McCANN BEATTY TOOK A RHETORICAL BEATING FROM OFFICIALS AND THE PUBLIC!!!
Before we get started, let's be fair and note that Exec Frank White has expressed his outright support for McCann Beatty.
He recently noted:
"This Legislature is failing to give the assessor adequate time to do her job. And anyone who tries to blame Jackson County Assessor Gail McCann Beatty for this situation is both uninformed and quite simply wrong. She is doing her job ethically and fairly and I will continue to support her."
A few really important insights and reporting from a few of the AWESOME TKC TIPSTERS . . .
- Besieged "Great" Scott Burnett pushed hard to extend the deadline.
- Questions about an INCREMENTAL increase over the current spike were blamed on an old law firm with nobody in the room wanting to really answer the question or take responsibility. Assessor McCann claimed an incremental increase would not solve the problem. The statement elicited an audible groan from the crowd and warnings to keep quiet.
- Nearly half of all property in Jackson County will face a property tax increase of up to 50%.
- BOE didn't seem to believe Assessor McCann Beatty on the validity of her data or methodology and posed a litany of questions related to date and timing of the numbers.
- Post Office takes the blame for late notices.
- More talk of increasing funding to the Assessor's office.
- "Shame On You" comment directed over alleged "misrepresentation" of earlier "rollback" legislation.
- Folks on the ground are convinced that only BOE appeals will be considered.
- Assessor's office defends due diligence and urges public against mistrust.
- At the conclusion of the meeting there was from the crowd as Assessor Gail McCann Beatty says she feels hurt by widespread public backlash.
Update From Today's Meeting: Jackson County homeowners push against skyrocketing tax rates
KMBC: Data shows high property assessments in some of Kansas City's poorest areas
KCTV5: Class action lawsuit underway to fight Jackson County property tax assessment
Channel 9: East Kansas City house sees 1,700 percent jump in property assessment
Reported FIRST On TKC Last Week: White refuses to admit errors in process for assessing Jackson County property taxes
Fox4: More than 42,000 residential properties and 7,000 commercial properties have seen assessment increases of more than 50 percent.
Mahoney: Jackson County accelerated plan to incrementally raise property values
Developing . . .