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  • County alters key deadline for taxpayers

  • Jackson County is pushing back at least one deadline for those who might have questions about property tax assessment forms sent out this spring.



    The date to file an informal appeal with the county is being moved from this Friday back to June 22.

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  • Jackson County is pushing back at least one deadline for those who might have questions about property tax assessment forms sent out this spring.
    The date to file an informal appeal with the county is being moved from this Friday back to June 22. Also, County Executive Mike Sanders said Monday, the Board of Equalization is being asked to reset its July 8 deadline. Formal appeals – the second step in the process – go to that board. Finally, property owners have one last appeal, with the Missouri State Tax Commission. Its deadline is Sept. 30.
    Several weeks ago, county officials said questions had arisen over the values assigned to thousands of properties, mostly in the central and south Kansas City areas. The problem, as officials describe it, is that the county’s formula relies on sales of comparable homes, and with the home sales being so low in the last few years, good data are sometimes hard to get.
    Officials have said statements for about 18,000 parcels – of the 296,000 countywide – needed a second, closer look, and county employees have been making physical, outdoor inspections of those homes.
    The owners of those 18,000 parcels, and some others, will get new assessment statements by June 21, officials say.
    Although the problem has been concentrated in parts of Kansas City, county officials point out that any property owner is entitled to challenge a questionable assessment.
    An informal appeal can be filed online at http://www.jacksongov.org/appeal/. You need your parcel number and PIN, which is in the assessment letter. Property owners also can appeal by phone. Call 816-881-4601.
     
     
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