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 . . .

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

It already worked. Demonstrated that the county has it out for residents. Don't downplay this TKC. This lawsuit takes away from Frank's base and at least makes sure that he won't have the entire East side claiming racism for the very valid complaints against him.

Reikki said...

That's a nice theory but doesn't have much substance. You think black voters are listening to the ACLU? Mayo Pete might as well have filed the lawsuit.

Barron KC said...

If this is all they got to fight Frank with, it's not much.

Anonymous said...

It seems to be a pretty clear pattern of capping increases at 14.9% in predominantly white neighborhoods, while going all out to raise values much, much higher in black and Hispanic areas. If there's a clear pattern like that, it's discrimination. You don't have to prove racism or racial bias for there to have been discrimination.

Anonymous said...

I expect the bigger fight against Frank will be fought by the feds, if they ever get around to charging him for what seems like a clear case of bribery when he took a "gift" from a guy who does business with the county and gave Frank the money to get out from under foreclosure. I heard the rate the county pays to rent office space from this guy skyrocketed. Frank's way of paying the dude back I guess.

Anonymous said...

^^^ +100

Nice to see a comment from someone who actually knows something for a change @6:01.

Anonymous said...


uber-lib ACLU vs. Jackson County mgt scammers??

Demosleazeballs not playing well together.

Anonymous said...

I know it's JACO but I still find it hard to believe that Beatty hasn't been fired over this. Who's her Rabbi?

Anonymous said...

Frankie boy has taken too many baseballs to the head, the boy is sick

Anonymous said...

I have been suggesting she be both fired and stripped of her Missouri appraisal license. Both should occur but she waa hired by Frank White. The only way to get her out is to get rid of Frank in the next election. Hoping he wont be running unopposed. Whoever the new person is, they have my vote.

Anonymous said...

Agree. But Gail Beatty, I believe is racist against her own people. White supremacy is nearly always upheld by Blacks.

Anonymous said...

" If there's a clear pattern like that, it's discrimination." No. That creates a presumption of discrimination, which may be rebutted by the defendants. Can they? Who knows, but don't take the ACLU's word for it.

Anonymous said...

That's a good question. I'm eager to see how the courts decide on it. Wondering if this might just get thrown out because of a lack of quantifiable data. Or data that proves their point.

Anonymous said...

The ACLU is trying to get Kotex machines in mens bathrooms too. Wackos in suits.