Jackson Co. assessments leave some stunned

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - David Waterfield said his last Jackson County assessment for his Westport home was about $90,000.

"It is now worth $122,000," Waterfield said.

His next door neighbor's assessment doubled.  He says he's not upset by the increase, but he wasn't expecting it.

"You may find some people that are a little bit surprised at the value on the reassessment notice," Ed Stoll, the Supervisor for the Jackson County Assessment Department, said.
Stoll says it could be becuase some properties haven't had a physical assessment in more than a decade.  Stoll says that lapse in physically assessing properties is in the process of changing.

He says a new policy set forth in 2008 has the county assessing every two years and doing a physical assessment of areas about every six years.

So what affects an assessment?

"It all depends on the market condition, the condition of the property itself, the comparable sales, a lot of different factors go into it," Stoll said.

Stoll explained not everyone saw an increase this year.

"Of the approx. 296,000 parcels, approx. 85 percent of those parcels either had no change in value or a decrease in value."

If you're not happy with your assessment, you can appeal it.

"If the roof leaks, if there's plumbing problems, that's information that only the property owner's going to know," Stoll said.

If you want to appeal your assessment, you can file an informal appeal online or by phone.  The deadline is June 14, and it's supposed to take three to five minutes.  It helps to have supporting documents for the appeal, such as photos or a repair bid from a construction company, for example.

If you want to file a formal appeal with the Board of Equalization, that's due July 8.

  • To file an informal appeal, click here.
  • Board of Equalization Website, click here.
  • Jackson County Assessment Department Website, click here.


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