Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Jackson County Property Tax Blame Game: Shame On Schools & 'Cream-Puff' Trix
Worthwhile behind the scenes insight into our current taxing harsh times . . . Here's Courthouse Insider consideration even if we believe THE BUCK STOPS WITH THE EXEC AND HIS BAD DECISIONS.
Still, there's enough blame to go around and there's some great deets in this op/ed sent our way . . .
The "Revenge of the Cream-Puff"
In the coverage of the ongoing and historic disaster that is the 2019 Jackson County assessment cycle, a glaring CONFLICT OF INTEREST has been almost completely ignored by the MSM, and specifically the Star (I know, shocking). An out-of-town "expert" was paid over $600,000 in tax dollars this year (please note, this was money paid to ONLY ONE MAN for his services for ONLY ONE YEAR) for his purported "expertise" to manage the assessments and numbers county-wide (Clearly, this was money well-spent. *cough*).
However, and most importantly, OVER $250,000 of that figure was paid by other taxing jurisdictions (not the county) like the local school districts and the library board. This type of thing has NEVER happened before. (Q) So, why on earth would school districts want to pay big money for an otherwise basic county function? (A) Because the school districts and the library stand to reap an enormous windfall of EXTRA MONEY WHEN THE ASSESSMENTS GO UP! In fact, most of their budget comes from the property tax assessments. So having control over the person in charge of the "process" is clever but very sleazy business.
So let's quickly break this down: The "expert" hired by the county to make sure the assessment numbers were "fair and correct" was paid over $250,000 directly by those institutions that would stand to benefit the most from those very same assessments skyrocketing. Does anyone besides me smell the very clear rat and conflict in the room here? The ultimate victim: The poor saps (read: taxpayers) and people of this county that were sold out for peanuts by those in charge.
Bonus fact: As an added insult in this disgusting tangled mess (as if it could get any worse...but it does), guess whose idea it was to throw all of this money at the out-of-town expert? None other than good-old CREAM-PUFF, recently fresh out of Leavenworth Prison for corruption. He "sold" (read: orchestrated) this whole idea to the White administration right before he abruptly "left" the county TO TEND TO HIS FEDERAL INDICTMENT.
Developing . . .