Thursday, December 19, 2019
TKC TOLD YOU SO!!! ACLU LAUNCHES LONG SHOT DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST JACKSON COUNTY OVER ALLEGED PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT DISCRIMINATION!!! WILL IT WORK?!?!
We've been talking about legal action against Jackson County for weeks and the debut of this legal complaint is underwhelming.
To wit . . .
TKC EXCLUSIVE: JACKSON COUNTY INSIDERS AREN'T SWEATING THIS PROGRESSIVE LEGAL COMPLAINT!!!
Historically, discrimination complaints against African-American officials are a tough sell. Black & Latino residents claiming bias against an African-American female bureaucrat will likely never see the inside of a courtroom.
Credit where it's due . . . The legal hot mess reminds us of hard feeling from residents. But their argument is against gross incompetence that impacted THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY and wasn't demonstrably targeted.
Moreover, this is another sign that local residents are becoming desperate as bills come due.
Here's the premise . . .
The lawsuit claims the county and the director of the county’s claims assessment department, Gail McCann Beatty, violated the federal Fair Housing Act during the reassessment process. It was filed on behalf of four predominantly black or Hispanic neighborhoods in Kansas City.
The ACLU said nearly 24,000 properties were assessed at double or more than their previous assessed values last year, and those increases hit black and Hispanic neighborhoods the hardest.
In Missouri, assessors are prohibited from increasing a residential property’s value by more than 15% unless a physical inspection is done. Beatty capped increases at 14.9% for properties in mostly white neighborhoods but did not apply the same cap evenly in black and Hispanic neighborhoods, according to the lawsuit.
Check the links . . .
KCTV5: The ACLU is suing Jackson County Assessment Director Gail McCann Beatty and the county, arguing the most recent assessment violated the Fair Housing Act.
KMBC: ACLU sues Jackson County, assessor over property assessments
KSHB: ACLU sues Jackson County, assessment director over 'discriminatory' tax cap
Fox4: The Board of Equalization has received 18,000 appeals of the the assessed valuations and won’t finish hearing them until next year.
Developing . . .