Missouri AG Lawsuit Against Jackson County Property Tax Assessments ALMOST Explained

As we noted this morning there are political consequences to this Jackson County Property Tax Assessment hot mess . . . However . . . The legal battle offers far more complicated challenges to denizens of the discourse.

Here's the main dilemma: 


Be careful with your answer . . . 

What's at stake here is nothing more or less than the future of Jackson County. 

If progressives & moderate Democratic Party denizens portray this as a politically motivated legal challenge than they're basically begging for more taxes and condemning so many locals to government enforced & mandated poverty. 

Meanwhile . . . 

If this lawsuit garners even a modicum of traction without much local political outcry . . .  Then the incompetence of the current regime at the courthouse is obvious to most reasonable people and the vast majority of voters. 

Preview . . . Our TKC blog community is already waiting for the newspaper to call this effort "racist" even if this legal action might benefit a great many locals on the low-end of the income spectrum.

 For now, we check the basics and some of the best reporting on the topic today:

Attorney General Andrew Bailey said he filed the suit, along with the State Tax Commission, against the county "for its failure to follow the law in assessing and levying taxes."

The news comes one day after the Missouri state auditor released initial findings from an audit on the county's property assessment process. Auditor Scott Fitzpatrick said the county was not compliant with state law.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .

Missouri AG suing Jackson County over property assessments

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Missouri AG, State Tax Commission sue Jackson County over assessment process

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey and the State Tax Commission announced Tuesday they plan to file a lawsuit against Jackson County for its 2023 property assessment process.

Missouri Attorney General files lawsuit against Jackson County over property tax assessment process

Monday the State Auditor released findings saying the county assessment department did not follow state law in the valuation process.

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Attorney Sherry DeJanes says paying your property taxes under protest simply means you're paying your taxes, but you're protesting the amount that you owe.

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