Tuesday, July 02, 2019
TKC EXCLUSIVE FACT CHECK!!! COURTHOUSE INSIDER: JACKSON COUNTY CHARTER ALLOWS EXEC FRANK WHITE TO CORRECT PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS!!!
In public testimony and in statements to the local media, Jackson County Executive Frank White contends that he's not allowed to intervene in property tax disputes despite an outpouring of complaints from residents.
Here's the most popular summary of his argument:
KMBC: "We can't just freeze an assessment. We can't just stop. That's what the state law says. I have to follow the state law," said Jackson County Executive Frank White.
Now, to the contrary . . .
COURTHOUSE INSIDERS POINT TO THE JACKSON COUNTY CHARTER WHICH GRANTS THE EXECUTIVE POWER TO CHALLENGE ERRORS IN ASSESSMENT & TAX RECORDS!!!
We can even do better than a quote and offer chapter & verse proof.
From the Jackson County website: Our Charter
Article III. Section 6. Rule #9.
Here's a screencap of the mandate. As of this writing the Jackson County Executive's office has made no reference to the Missouri law of which he speaks. We'll update if any note or reference is sent our way . . .
Sadly, the testimony from Executive White hasn't met with much public scrutiny but here's this info comes to us from Courthouse insiders familiar with day-to-day operations and denounce the alleged obfuscation on behalf of the top ranking elected official.
Here's the word:
"It's time for the County Executive to do his job. There's already widespread admission that there have been errors in this process, on the record. Now it's time to man-up and start over, admit the mistake and start correcting it. He's not showing any political fortitude at this point and it doesn't seem like he understands the seriousness of the situation. This debacle could force people out of their homes and certainly erodes trust in local government to operate judiciously. It's time for the Executive to approach this situation seriously and without playing politics."
Courthouse Insiders remind us that there have been some amendments to the Charter in recent years but none of the Exec's job duties have been changed. In fact . . .
Jackson County is a FIRST CLASS Charter County and Missouri gives much wider leeway to courthouse officials on setting the rules that govern the institution.
STL has the only other 1st-class charter County government in Missouri.
A few recent links on the topic:
Newspaper: New class-action lawsuit challenges fairness of Jackson County reassessment process. This was actually reported LAST WEEK by KCTV5.
Fox4: Jackson County Executive Frank White said he's merely enforcing the laws concerning property tax assessment, which have seen attention-getting hikes in recent months. White said his hands are tied when it comes to this issue.
And so, we hope this info thanks to AWESOME COURTHOUSE INSIDERS offers more context on the statements of the Executive as this property tax increase crisis continues . . .
Developing . . .