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Kansas City woman, angry about her property taxes, paying with nickels

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Frustration continues to boil over on the ongoing property tax debacle in Jackson County. The pressure to pay ballooning property tax bills in Kansas City, Missouri gets worse by the day as the end of the year deadline approaches.

One woman has decided that she is going to take a unique approach in paying her property taxes in hopes of sending a message to Jackson County executives.

“It is beyond insane,” Cynthia Lockett said, who has lived in the Hyde Park/Midtown area of KCMO for over 30 years.

She said she clenched her chest like Fred Sanford when she opened her 2019 property tax bill. Lockett found her land value increased by 135% and her overall market value is up 45% over 2018.

“I am fussing but I am not impacted nearly as much as some of my Hyde Park/Midtown neighbors,” Lockett said. “I mean there are people who got 300 or 400 percent increases in a year. Are you kidding?”

Calls and emails to Jackson County ignored and appeals to the Board of Equalization unanswered have forced Lockett’s hand.

“They have no care or respect for the citizens of Jackson County, I think that is what is boils down to,” Lockett said.

She will pay her bulging property tax bill, but in nickels. 1,419 rolls of nickels that will weigh over 625 pounds.

“It is going to be heavy. I am going to need help,”Lockett said. “It is going to be a little inconvenient to count those nickels. I mean they will be rolled. I’m not trying to be a complete jerk but it is just they want to ignore us, ignore us, ignore us, ignore us and I thought, ‘You are not going to be able to ignore this blue buggy when I wheel it in’.”

Lockett said she is not trying to punish the front line workers, but hopes her stunt sends a message to Jackson County Executive Frank White and Director of Assessment Gail McCann Beatty, who she blames for the tax mess.

Lockett has ordered the nickels from her bank and she will roll into the Jackson County Courthouse before the deadline to pay at the end of the year.

“That is how I am paying it,” Lockett said. “I am paying it on time and it is not civil disobedience, but it’s just, I am angry. You mess up, you fess up, you fix it and move on and the County refuses to do it.”

FOX4 will be with Lockett when she pays up.