September 15, 2023

Independence to Sue Jackson County over Property Tax Assessments

From the City of Independence: 

 The Independence City Council has voted to move forward with filing a lawsuit against Jackson County regarding recent property tax assessments. 

On July 17, the City Council approved a resolution to direct the City Manager to consult with the City Counselor to determine whether the City should join an existing class action lawsuit. The City Council met in an exeutive session on September 14, where, after hearing guidance from legal counsel, they made the final decision to proceed with their own lawsuit.

The City has retained Charles Hatfield with Stinson, LLP, to represent them in this matter and anticipates the lawsuit to be filed in Jackson County within one week.

A joint statement from the Independence City Council reads:

"In the wake of continuous failures by Jackson County officials to correct their inconsistent and unfair processes related to the assessment of real property taxes, the Independence City Council has authorized City staff to retain legal council to initiate a lawsuit against Jackson County.

The Independence City Council did not make this decision lightly, but feels litigation has become necessary in order to stand up for the interests of Indepenence residents and ensure the assessment process is being done in compliance with state law.

It is the City's hope that this unfortunate, but necessary action, will finally force Jackson County to do what is right for the City of Independence and its residents."