Saturday, December 07, 2019
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY REPUBLICAN MIKE CIERPIOT'S BILL DEMANDS VOTER ELECTION OF NEXT JACKSON COUNTY ASSESSOR & STRIPS EXEC FRANK WHITE OF APPOINTMENT POWER AMID PROPERTY TAX MESS!!!
The latest effort from a Kansas City Republican threatens fundamentally change local government in Jackson County.
Amid widespread complaints over disproportionate property tax increases and a fundamentally broken process for appraisals, Republican State Senator, Dist 8 Mike Cierpiot recently pre-filed this bill:
SJR 47 - Currently, assessors of all charter counties except for Jackson County are required to be elected officers. Proposed Constitutional amendment, if approved by voters, removes exception for Jackson County.
Appointed by Exec White, Jackson County Director of Assessment Gail McCann Beatty had defended her office and its practices vehemently but most voters seem unconvinced.
Moreover . . .
INSIDERS: THIS POWER PLAY REBUKES EXEC FRANK WHITE AND HIS HANDLING OF COMPLAINTS OVER JACKSON COUNTY PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS!!!
Here's the word . . .
"This is one more sign that there's NO CONFIDENCE in the ability of Frank White to do his job. He has shown that he's not capable of managing this process and now more serious people must step up to try and fix the situation. This legislation will pass easily because it gives power back to voters and offers more accountability as a response to the total negligence of the Executive in listening to complaints from his constituents."
Now consider . . .
This could be difficult. Remember that Exec White launched a lengthy court battle during a fight over COMBAT funds - He eventually lost that argument but not without months of gridlock.
Still, problems and accountability with the assessment department aren't confined to the tenure of Exec White . . . This year there was an effort to finally talk about the ongoing role of consultants in an effort to spread blame around . . . Admittedly, there's a lot to fix in this office.
Developing . . .