Two different Jackson County bodies are considering action to address property owners’ concerns about sharply higher assessed values that have come out this summer. Those new assessments could lead to higher taxes.
The county’s Board of Equalization meets Thursday to discuss one item – a proposal to cap higher assessments.
Then next Monday the County Legislature is expected to ask the Missouri State Tax Commission to step in and “take all action needed to remedy issues related to the 2019 Jackson County reassessment.” Specifically, its resolution points to state law saying an increase of 15 percent or more can only come after a physical inspection of the property.
The county makes new assessments every two years. The ones mailed out in June surprised and even stunned many property owners, with increases in some cases as high as 400 percent. Citizens at Legislature and BOE meeting in recent weeks have made emphatic and often emotional pleas about their fears that higher taxes could force them out of their homes or businesses. Of nearly 300,000 properties in the county, about 22,000 have filed to have the Assessment Department look again at their cases.
The proposal before the Board of Equalization on Thursday was presented last week by Preston Smith, who represents the Blue Springs School District. He said assessments this year are arbitrary and suggested that the BOE pursue an “intercounty equalization order,” cancelling this year’s assessments and setting new ones for the entire county.
• Parcels with assessment increases of 200 percent or more be capped at a 14 percent increase.
• Parcels up 100 to 200 percent be capped at 13 percent.
• Parcels with increases up to 100 percent be capped at 12 percent.
The BOE meeting is at 9 a.m. Thursday on the second floor of the Downtown Courthouse, 415 E. 12th St. in Kansas City.
The Legislature’s meeting is at 1 p.m. next Monday in the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse, 208 W. Kansas Ave. in Independence.