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Deadline approaches for Jackson County Tax Assessment Appeal

Posted at 9:32 PM, Jul 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-28 23:53:35-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Monday is the deadline for filing a property tax assessment appeal in Jackson County.

Some homeowners were still applying Sunday night.

Melanie Philavanh is a new homeowner in Jackson County.

"I've owned it since May 20th of 2019," Philavanh explained.

She bought a one-story home near 59th St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, thinking she got a good deal on the home. Now, she is renovating it and making it all her own.

Her boyfriend lives nearby, and when he got his tax assessment, the new home owner got nervous.

"All the sudden, we found out his property taxes had tripled and I wondered jeez, how much will mine be?" Philavanh said.

When she went online to check on her assessment, she joined the more than 6,000 upset home owners.

"I was shocked. You could see past property tax value for the house, and I saw the house was about $40,000 to $60,000. It seems far, but all the sudden, I see it's tripled in a year," Philavanh said.

Her market value total went from almost $43,000 to $108,000, and she immediately filed for an appeal.

Philavanh is worried about continuing her renovations.

"If anything, if they continue to think its worth tripled, then what it was in 2018, with the renovations I put into the house will make it even more than they are asking for than what they stated," she said.

Now, with one day left to appeal, the new home owner is urging her fellow residents to appeal as well.

"It's unfair for people who live in the area," Philavanh said.

Monday, July 28, is the last day to file an appeal.