Special Assessments frequently asked questions (FAQ)
I didn’t own the property when the work for which I am being charged was done. Am I still responsible for the bill?
Yes. Special assessments are liens attached to the property and transfer with property ownership. If you worked with a title company for the purchase of the property, please contact the title company to determine responsibility for the assessment.
I never received a special assessment bill. Am I still responsible for paying it?
Yes. If changes to the ownership and mailing address information have not been recorded and/or communicated to us prior to the billing, the billing statement will be sent to the most current owner and mailing address of record. It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure ownership and mailing address information on file is correct. New ownership information should be updated with the county in which the property is located. The counties provide an electronic file to update City ownership records each month.
Does the City charge interest on special assessments?
Yes. Interest accrues at the ten (10) year T-Note rate or 5%, whichever is greater, and is based on the original balance of the assessment.
Can the interest that has accrued on my special assessment be waived?
City Charter specifies that interest can only be waived if there has been a clerical error. Clerical errors are errors in calculations, incorrect property billing, and/or incorrect quantity billed and/or billing for work not performed.
How long of a period of time do I have to pay this special assessment?
All demolition, sidewalk, sewer and watermain assessments can be paid in full within sixty (60) days without interest, or the assessment will automatically be placed on the City’s installment plan of fifteen (15) annual installments. Failure to pay an installment will result in delinquency, voiding the payment plan. The entire balance of the assessment will become due immediately and a penalty of one-half percent per month, maximum of twenty-five (25%) percent will be enforced. Board-up, trash and weed, and re-inspection assessments are required to be paid within thirty (30) days. If not paid, the assessment becomes delinquent and a penalty of one percent per month, maximum of twenty-five (25%) percent will be enforced.
What method of payment is accepted?
You can pay in person at City Hall by check, credit/debit card, cash, money order, and cashiers check. You can also pay online using a credit/debit card or ACH Debit which is an online check that debits the funds directly from your bank account.
How long does it take for a payment to post after the City receives it?
Up to 2-3 days after it’s received in our office.
Who do I make the check out to?
Checks should be made payable to KCMO City Treasurer and can be mailed to P.O Box 801751, Kansas City, Missouri 64180-1751.
What will happen if I cannot make my installment payment by the due date?
Your account will become delinquent, voiding any annual installment payment plan originally offered, making the entire amount due at that time.
I no longer own the property the special assessment account is assigned to. What should I do with the bill?
If you have received a billing statement in error, or no longer own the property described on the statement, please return the billing statement with any forwarding information you may have for the new owner, to the Revenue Division, 2nd Floor, 414 East 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. This will allow us to resend the bill to the correct owner.
Do you offer any type of payment plan?
Demolition, sidewalk, sewer, and watermain assessments can be paid in 15 annual installments. Other assessment types cannot be placed on payment plans.
What if I dispute the bill?
To dispute a special assessment bill, please call or correspond in writing to the department identified on the reverse side of the bill for the type of assessment on your account. If have questions about payment of the bill, contact Revenue Division Customer Service at (816) 513-1120 and select option 5.
I have a credit on my account. What do I have to do to get a refund or to get the credit applied to another bill?
Call Revenue Division Customer Service at 816-513-1120, option 5. You may be asked to verify the payment type and provide documentation of proof of payment.
I haven’t received my special assessment bill. How do I get a copy of the bill?
Call Revenue Division Customer Service at 816-513-1120, option 5.
Is this special assessment considered to be a lien on my property?
Yes. Special assessments are liens attached to the property for improvement work performed on the property and transfer with property ownership. Demolition special assessment liens can also be a personal debt to the owner at the time of demolition.
How can I pay off my special assessment after it has been forwarded to the county?
Contact the County Collector’s Office to make payment.
How can I keep my special assessment account from going to the county?
Pay the amount owed plus any penalties and interest to the City Treasurer prior to September 15.
Once my assessment has gone to the county, can it be retracted?
Assessments that have gone to the County are not allowed to be retracted unless a clerical error has been found.
What if I still have questions?
Send an email with your tax questions and requests. We will respond within 5-10 business days.
Visit our office at:
414 E. 12th St.
Second floor, room 201 W
Kansas City, MO 64106
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