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Jackson County reviewing assessments in wake of controversy

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In the wake of controversy, Jackson County officials are taking a second look at higher assessments for about 18,000 properties.

Some property owners saw their assessment values soar, causing a spike in their property taxes, which are due in December. The county said they are letting the 18,000 affected property owners know that their assessed value may not have been calculated properly.

The slumping housing market meant fewer sales, which meant fewer home sales to provide as a comparison to properties that were sold.

Curtis Koons, the county's assessment director, said the county's program draws from five comparable properties. But some of them may have been too far away and not allowed for a good comparison.

About 70,000 homes across the county were reassessed this spring. The last time the county did this was in 2011. The next time will be in two years.

"We've identified about 18,000 properties that need further review," Koons told Jackson County legislators at their regular meeting at the Independence courthouse. "We are going to send letters out to those people to let me know we are going to take a closer look at their property. Let them know some of our modeling, comparable sales and things like that."

By scrutinizing the location of the comparable properties, the county will determine a fair value, Koons aid.

"Get it narrowed down to a value that the taxpayer will be more happy with," he explained.

You can file an appeal by going to www.jacksongov.org/appeal/ or click here.

You can call the county at 816-881-4601. Koons said information about appraisals that a homeowner has done or information about the interior of the home, which the county does not have access to, can help, along with condition issues that employees may not see by walking around a property. 

"If we can get that data from them, they might be a lot more happy with the value of their appraisal," Koons said.

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