PROPERTY ASSESSMENT --TODAY A GROUP WORKEDTO FIND POSSIBLESOLUTIONS.41 ACTION NEWSREPORTER SARAH PLAKEWAS THERE.SARAH, WHAT DID PEOPLEHAVE TO SAY?WE HEARD FROMSEVERAL EXPERTS TODAYABOUT WHAT THEY THINKCOULD HELP SOLVE SOMEOF THE ISSUES THECOUNTY IS FACING WITHPROPERTY ASSESSMENTS.THE COUNTY AND THEBOARD OF EQUALIZATIONHAVE NOT PUBLICLYADDRESSED ANY OFTHESE IDEAS YET.Property data analysts and theformer Jackson Countyassessor say the countyshould pay private companiesto come up with accurateproperty values.Thousands of people areconcerned their assessmentsare way too high.The county is facing at least30,000 assessment appeals..They dont have the people.It's a time consuming processbut for commercial propertiesit is absolutely essential.
Youcan't trend anything; it's toocomplex.Marlene Jeffers founded adata analysis company.
Shelooked at commercialproperties sold last year..
Outof the 1140 sales, she saysthe county doesn't know thesales price of 997 of them.If you dont know what theypaid or if you've found salesprice but you didnt go out andcheck condition of the propertyon the date of the sale, checkthe terms and conditions, thenyou really didnt consult themarket.She says some companiescan come up with accuratedata for JUST A dollar PERparcel.They haven't analyzed thisdata enough, haven't done itinternally.
All they're doing isdefending the consultant whocame up with these values,who got a lot of money fordoing it.Curtis Koons was the JacksonCounty assessor from 2007 to2014.He says his staff was cut bymore than half by the time heleft office.Right now the county has 15appraisers.They rely mostly ontechnology to assess eachproperty.They need to have appraisersout in the field.Koons says it'll take throughthe middle of next year to getthrough all the appeals.WE ALSO HEARDANOTHER IDEA..SUGGESTING THE COUNTYHIRE COMPANIES WHOREPRESENT PROPERTYOWNERS AT THEIR APPEALHEARINGS.IT COULD STREAMLINETHE PROCESS THEY SAYWHICH COULD CONDENSETHE NUMBER OF APPEALS.THESE ARE JUSTCOMMUNITY IDEAS AT THISPOINT.SARAH PLAKE 41 ACTIONNEWS.