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Jackson County discovers additional 3,800 formal assessment appeals

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Posted at 4:25 PM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 17:25:11-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County’s property assessment fiasco added a new layer Wednesday, when the county announced that another 3,800 unresolved appeals had been discovered.

According to a press release from Jackson County spokeswoman Mashanna Smith, Assessment Department staff assigned to assist the Board of Equalization with the ongoing appeals process discovered an email account with 8,600 unread emails.

“A review by the Assessment Department determined that approximately 3,800 unresolved BOE appeals were contained in those emails,” Smith said in the release.

Jackson County, which has been mired in a delayed and controversial property assessment process related to 2019-20 assessments, assigned staff to assist in December to help the Board of Equalization “in entering any unprocessed appeal applications submitted by mail, in-person or email,” the statement said.

More than 22,000 informal appeals were filed this year in Jackson County. There also were at least 11,600 formal appeals as of mid-October.

A source familiar with the appeals process told 41 Action News that it’s unclear how many formal appeals actually have been filed.

With the additional total announced today, there are at least 15,400, but there were another 12 boxes of physical appeals forms that were mailed or walked into the Assessment Department that had yet to be accounted for, the source said.