Jackson County assessor submits letter of resignation over flawed home assessments

The Jackson County assessor submitted a letter of resignation Friday following controversy surrounding flawed home assessments.

Curtis Koons sent a letter of resignation to Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders. Sanders said the county has not accepted Koon's resignation, and he remains an employee until they decide what to do.

Jackson County released the following statement from Sanders:

"The analysis of the 2013 reassessment cycle is underway. This review includes an examination of all facets of the decision making process and the persons responsible. It is critical that there be continued accountability to the public when errors have occurred. Until this review processes is completed, final decisions and public comments on all of these issues will not be made. Right now, the focus remains ensuring that property owners receive fair and accurate property notices and that the appeals process works fairly for all of our citizens. In the meantime, it is important to acknowledge the hard work of many people within the assessment department that have worked nights and weekends to correct the errors that have occurred."

Last week, officials announced that 58,000 homes would get a second look at their home values. The decision came after hundreds of homeowners contested their home's new values. County leaders initially flagged 18,000 homes for a second look, though later expanded that number.

41 Action News obtained internal emails that raised red flags. One email contained a spreadsheet that showed changes in the areas the assessors targeted for reassessment. The spreadsheet showed more than 4,600 homes had increased values of more than 50 percent. More than 2,000 homes showed increases of 100 percent or more.

If anyone should want Jackson County Assessor Curtis Koons to resign, it would Christine Taylor-Butler.

She ended up being one of 58,000 homeowners to receive inflated assessments.  When news broke Friday of Koons' resignation, Taylor-Butler didn't have the reaction you would expect.

"You know I'm disappointed because he's been easy for me to work with," said Taylor-Butler.

She still does believe someone is to blame for the computer system to skew assessments.

"I don't think Curtis should have quit," said said. "I think his boss should have resigned."

That boss is County Director Of Collections Ed Stoll.

But, in his resignation letter, Koons points the blame at himself saying, "I regret my failure to inform my supervisors of the difficulties that were occurring and the subsequent decisions that I made."

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