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Jackson County extends hours for residents to pay property taxes in person

Posted at 2:18 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 15:28:07-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County taxpayers will literally have a little extra time to pay their bills in-person in December.

The county said it is extending its hours at the Historic Truman Courthouse, 112 W Lexington in Independence on each remaining Saturday in December.

In addition to regular hours, the Assessment and Collection Departments will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 14, Dec. 21 and Dec. 28.

Taxpayers also can get a copy of their bill, make changes to their account and ask questions during these extended hours, the county said.

Property taxes are due Dec. 31.

Jackson County suggests taxpayers use the county's website or app to pay their bill to avoid lines and save time.

More than half of the bills have already been paid in full, the county said.

Many Jackson County residents were angered in June by increases in their property assessments with some property owners seeing their tax bills double or even triple.

While the appeal process continues, a local attorney is encouraging those who feel their assessment is too high to pay their taxes under protest, which means the disputed money is put into another fund and the county cannot use it until everything is settled.

Earlier in December, Kansas City Public Schools said that if the Board of Equalization decides to roll back assessed property values, the district stands to lose $20 million in potential revenue.