By Mark Beardsley
Commerce officials are beginning to question the Jackson County tax digest, which is the basis for levying property taxes.
While the explanation for the drop in the industrial portion of the tax base this year sounds reasonable, there is little faith in the accuracy of the tax digest. Last week it was the residential digest that came under question.
Joe Leffew, chairman of the city’s planning commission, brought the matter up months ago — and did it again on Sept. 22. His basic complaint is that far too many residences in Jackson County are under-appraised and therefore under-taxed. City manager Pete Pyrzenski agrees, and while other city officials have yet to chime in one way or another, I’ve yet to run into one who has confidence that the tax digest represents 40 percent of the fair market value of property.
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