JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. - The Jackson County Assessor's office says it is in the process of sending letters to 58,000 homeowners notifying them that assessors plan to take a second look at their home values.
The homes were among the 68,000 targeted for reevaluation this year. Hundreds of those homeowners have contested their home's new values.
County leaders initially flagged 18,000 homes for a second look. They say as they continued to dig in to how those values were reached, they discovered more homes may need a second look.
Internal emails 41 Action News Investigators obtained show one of the red flags. The email contains a spreadsheet showing changes in the areas the assessors targeted for reassessment through physical evaluation.
That spreadsheet shows more than 4,600 homes saw increased values of more than 50 percent. Of those, more than 2,000 saw increases of 100 percent or more.
Jackson County leaders believe those homes were evaluated using bad comparative sale data due to the low number of home sales in the last year.
"Obviously Kansas City has some unique neighborhoods and neighborhoods where the values vary tremendously within a very small distance depending on where they are," said Ed Stoll, Jackson County Deputy Chief Administrator.
We asked him why the county didn't know and take those nuances into account when doing the property assessments.
"That issue is one of several that we are targeting for our review and in depth examination of assessment process," said Stoll
Jackson County has hired two consultants at a total cost of $100,000 they say to help them get the assessments straight.
"We've had countless hours spent by a lot of different people, including two outside consultants that were brought in, to give us a second and third set of eyes if you will. So we feel very confident in the process we've undergone here," said Stoll.
The county hopes to have the new assessments out to residents sometime this week. They urge homeowners who see a problem with their assessments to call the county to appeal at 816-881-4601 or go to www.jacksongov.org/appeal