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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is reassessment necessary?
Under Missouri’s Constitution, all assessments for property tax purposes must be based upon market value and be uniform within the same class and subclass of property.
Over time, the value of property may change, depending upon its nature, location and other factors. Some values change more rapidly than others. Reassessment is the only way to be sure that each taxpayer is being taxed fairly, and that their property is taxed the same as other comparable property.

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1. What are assessment and reassessment?
2. How often is property reassessed?
3. Why does Jackson County reassesses real estate property every 2 years?
4. Why is reassessment necessary?
5. What is market value?
6. How is my assessment level established?
7. Will all property values change due to reassessment?
8. Will I be notified if there is an increase in my assessment?
9. How do I know what my house is worth?
10. How do you arrive at the land value?
11. What if I disagree with my assessment?
12. How should I prepare for my Informal Review?
13. Can I appeal in a non-reassessment year?
14. Will political subdivisions lower their levies?
15. How does reassessment affect my taxes?
16. The value of my property went down, but my taxes stayed the same or went up. Why?
17. Why are my taxes higher than last year?
18. When will I receive my property tax bill?
19. When are my taxes due?
20. What if I do not receive a bill?
21. I just purchased this property. Why do I owe back taxes?
22. Why do I owe the entire bill even though I only lived in the house for a few months?
23. Why wasn’t my real estate bill sent to my mortgage company?
24. What about my escrow account?
25. What relief is there for senior citizens?
26. Where can I find information about real estate tax abatement programs?
27. How do I apply for an exemption for my property?
28. Why do owners of commercial real property have a "Commercial Surcharge" on their tax bills?