2009 News

Kansas City World Cup PageSign Petition To Help Bring The World Cup To KC DECEMBER 11, 2009 -- Support Kansas City's effort to be a part of the United State's bid to host the largest sporting event in the world -- the World Cup.

The Kansas City / USA Host City Bid Committee has announced that an electronic petition drive has begun to boost the city’s chances of hosting FIFA World Cup™ matches in 2018 or 2022 should FIFA choose the United States as a host nation. Kansas City is one of 27 remaining cities in the running to be part of the USA Bid Committee’s bid submission to FIFA. The USA Bid Committee is expected to include 18 cities in their bid to FIFA. Matches in Kansas City would be played at Arrowhead Stadium. To support the effort,Kansas Citians are asked to sign the petition at www.goUSAbid.com/kc and pass the petition along to their friends
and family.

State of the County AddressCounty Making Progress
NOVEMBER 12, 2009 -- Despite the most daunting economic challenges since the Great Depression, Jackson County has been able to move forward, County Executive Mike Sanders emphasized during his 2009 State of the County address Thursday, November 12.

Emergency Preparedness Meeting
NOVEMBER 10, 2009 -- A public meeting Tuesday, November 10 in Eastern Jackson County will focus on disaster preparedness.

H1N1 Vaccine Available November 10
NOVEMBER 10, 2009 -- Health Department to offer vaccine on priority basis and while supplies last Tuesday, November 10.

Kauffman Stadium'New K' Honored As A 'Community Treasure'
OCTOBER 14, 2009 -- Four days after the Kansas City Royals played their final home game of 2009, the place they call home --Kauffman Stadium -- was officially declared a "Community Treasure." The renovated stadium was one of three area structures in Greater Kansas City to earn prestigious architectural award.

Mike Sanders SpeakingCounty Presents Checks To Domestic Violence Shelters
OCTOBER 1, 2009 -- Expressing his wish that it could be more, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders presented more than $10,000 in checks to three local domestic violence shelters during a special check presentation at the County Courthouse on September 30. With domestic violence reports on the rise, Sanders stressed that the shelters that serve victims need more support.

County Taking Leading Role In Preparedness Initiative
SEPTEMBER 25, 2009 -- Jackson County has taken a lead role in the Missouri Emergency Management Agency's effort to enlist faith-based organizations in assisting local, state and federal authorities in emergency preparedness and disaster response.

Flag Dedicated At Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse
New Flag At Truman CourthouseSEPTEMBER 22, 2009 -- The Daughters of the American Revolution donated a new flag to be hung outside the recently renovated Jackson County Truman Courthouse. County Executive Mike Sanders accepted the flag on behalf of Jackson County during a special dedication ceremony Friday, September 18.

COMBAT 'Awareness' Picnic Focuses On Kids
COMBAT Picnic Photos SEPTEMBER 15, 2009 -- The focus was on children during the 15th COMBAT "Annual Drug Awareness Picnic" September 12 at Hill Park in Independence. The picnic featured a "Tomorrow's Future: Today's Youth" theme. Approximately 500 people attended the event hosted by COMBAT. It was held in conjunction with the 20th Annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, which the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sponsors each September.

County Executive Tournament Raises $18,000 For Operation Breakthrough
Tournament Photo
SEPTEMBER 15, 2009 -- Normally during a golf tournament, players tee up the ball and envision scoring birdies or eagles. During the County Executive Golf Tournament on September 11, however, the main objective wasn't recording the lowest scorer, but raising more money -- for the kids. After the four-player scramble on Friday at the renovated Fred Arbanas Golf Course , tournament host, County Executive Mike Sanders , presented an $18,000 check to the tournament's beneficiary, Operation Breakthrough.

Ribbon Cutting Photos Ceremony Celebrates Completion
Of Vital Courthouse Renovations

SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 -- A ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate completion of crucial renovations to the Jackson County Truman Courthouse was held in a fitting spot on the courthouse grounds -- within just a few feet of the Harry S. Truman statue. When work on the courthouse grounds began in the spring, Jackson County made a commitment to the City of Independence to have the projected completed in time for the Santa-Cali-Gon Days. The mission has been accomplished.
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Truman Courthouse Crucial Truman Courthouse
Renovations Completed

SEPTEMBER 3, 2009 -- Vital renovations to prevent irreparable harm to the historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse on Independence Square have been completed -- on time and on budget

Materials From Renovations Recycled

Regional Correctional Center Photos PHOTOS
View Images From Inside
The Regional Correctional Center

AUGUST 20, 2009 -- CLICK HERE to take a glimpse inside the new Jackson County Regional Correctional Center (RCC), now fully operational after opening July 31. The RCC is housed within the County's recently renovated Community Justice Building.

Court Rejects School Districts' Lawsuit
AUGUST 14, 2009 -- A Jackson County Circuit Court judge today denied the 11 school districts that have filed suit against Jackson County a temporary restraining order. The judge's ruling "appears to reject" the claims the districts' superintendents and other administrators have made about the County assessment procedures inaccurately resulting in the properties being undervalued, pointed out attorney Charlene Wright of Lathrop & Gage, which is representing Jackson County in this case.

Arrowhead Stadium IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Arrowhead Renovations Approaching The Red Zone!
AUGUST 14, 2009 -- Though renovations won't be completed until 2010, what can fans expect at Arrowhead Stadium as the Kansas City Chiefs kick off the 2009 season?

County Employees at News Conference County Responds To Suit
AUGUST 7, 2009 -- In response to a suit filed by 11 school districts questioning Jackson County's reassessment process, Brian Johnson of the County Assessment Department stressed the "legal and moral obligation" to fairly assess property values based on the market, not the projected revenue needs of the districts or other local governments.

Mike Sanders at news conference Regional Correctional Center Opens
JULY 31, 2009 -- The new Jackson County Regional Correctional Center began receiving detainees from Kansas City July 31, marking the official opening of the new facility a day ahead of schedule.

"What this community has been talking about for almost two generations is now a reality," said County Executive Mike Sanders in a news conference announcing RCC's opening.

The City of Kansas City, which will be closing its Municipal Correctional Institution, is paying the County $57 a day per inmate for the City municipal detainees that will be held in the new RCC facility.

Take Back Our City Sign Calls To COMBAT Hotline Encouraged
JULY 22, 2008 -- Jackson County has launched a "Take Back Our City!" drive to promote the use of a Countywide drug-crime hotline -- (816) 881-3662 -- being operated by the COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax) staff. Tips play a vital role in solving crimes, drug-related offenses can escalate to more serious and violent crimes.

New COMBAT Web Site Launched
JULY 21, 2009 -- Jackson County's new Web site for the Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax (COMBAT) program was launched Tuesday, July 21.
> Go To jacksongov.org/combat 

New Collections Director Stresses Fairness
JULY 21, 2009 -- Jackson County's new Director of Collections, V. Edwin Stoll , places his highest priority on fairness. "It is important for taxpayers to know we are going to treat them fairly," said Stoll, who, during his 30-year law practice, focused primarily on tax-related cases and real estate transactions.

BOE Appeal Deadline Has Passed; STC Deadline Is September 30
JULY 13, 2009 -- The deadline for filing a formal appeal to your reassessment notice was at the end of business Monday (July 13, 2008). Appeals had to be filed with the Jackson County Board of Equalization no later than 5:00 p.m.

The BOE will accept appeals with an official U.S. Postal Service postmark dated July 13, 2009.

BOE Appeal Deadline Is Monday, July 13
The deadline for filing an informal appeal to your reassessment notice was June 19, 2009.

Taxpayers seeking further relief after an informal appeal have until the end of business Monday, July 13, 2009 to make a formal appeal to the Jackson County Board of Equalization (BOE). An appeal to the BOE may result in an increase, decrease or no change in assessed value.

Target Date Set For Regional Correctional Center
Work has begun to remodel a Jackson County facility that will be used to house Kansas City detainees and municipal inmates. It is expected that the County's Regional Correctional Center (RCC) will be fully operational and ready for prisoners in August.

Heating Warning Continues
JUNE 25, 2009 -- With the heat index expected to peak between a scorching 105 to 110 degrees, the National Weather Service (NWS) has continued Excessive Heat Warnings through Saturday (June 27) for Jackson County and much of the Greater Kansas City Region.

Kids on Lake Fest Ride IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Lake Fest Celebrates Lake Jacomo's 50th Anniversary
JUNE 12, 2009 -- Lake Fest is always a big celebration, but Lake Fest 2009 is going to be especially BIG as Jackson County celebrates the 50th anniversary of Lake Jacomo. Join in the fun June 20, 2009, and ring in summer with fun along the water's edge, on the water and above the water as fireworks cap off the evening.

Notices In The Mail Assessment Notices In The Mail
JUNE 3, 2009 -- The Jackson County Assessment Department began sending out reassessment notices Tuesday, June 2, at a rate of approximately 40,000 a day. Be looking for yours in the mail soon. Included with the assessed value of your property is an estimated tax bill based on the projected tax levy from each taxing jurisdiction.

County Employee Serves The Country In Afghanistan
JUNE 3, 2009 -- Jackson County's Chief Deputy County Counselor, Jay Haden , accepts Army Reserve assignment to "fill a need" in Afghanistan. Haden, a Colonel in the Reserve, previously served a tour in Iraq.

County Conducts A Series Of COMBAT COmmunity Meetings
COMBAT Meeting JUNE 2, 2009 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders joined County Prosecutor Jim Kanatzar , other law enforcement officials and the COMBAT staff in conducting a series of community meetings to examine crime trends within the County, with an emphasis on the important role COMBAT (the Community Backed Anti-drug Tax) has played in making our communities safer.

Renovated Golf Course Re-Opens Just In Time For Summer!
Golf Putt MAY 29, 2009 -- The timing was perfect. The Fred Arbanas Golf Course, now renovated for more challenging play and just as picturesque as ever, re-opened on a sunny spring day May 22 -- ideal conditions for playing a round or two.

Renovation work on the 18-hole champion course, which began last summer, was completed on schedule and on budget.

Renovated Golf Course Re-opens May 22
MAY 20, 2009 -- After undergoing renovates last summer, the Fred Arbanas Golf Course at Longview Lake Park will re-open Friday, May 22.

Medical Examiner receives award Medical Examiner's Office Earns National Recognition
MAY 20, 2009 -- Jackson County has a "model" medical examiner's office, according to a national accreditation organization. The National Association of Medical Examiners did not identify a single deficiency when inspecting the Jackson County Medical Examiner's office earlier this year.

Local Agencies Coordinating Swine Flu Preparation Efforts
APRIL 29, 2009 -- Local public health departments, emergency management agencies, hospitals and many others in the Kansas City metropolitan area are closely monitoring the current public health situation related to swine flu. Public officials have plans in place to treat patients and distribute medications should the situation worsen.

Progress Being Made On Detention Center Agreement
County Executive Sanders Reporting To The County Legislature APRIL 17, 2009 -- “We are moving forward.”

With those words, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders reported to the County Legislature that progress is steadily being made regarding the regional detention center agreement between the County and the City of Kansas City. Keeping Legislators apprised of the latest developments in the agreement has become part of nearly every recent County Executive weekly report to the Legislature.The agreement calls for the City to close its Municipal Correctional Institution (MCI), and for the County to house MCI inmates.

Stacey Daniels-Young IN THE SPOTLIGHT
New Director Seeks To Raise Public Awareness Of COMBAT
APRIL 15, 2009 -- Raising public awareness about the agencies, programs and initiatives supported through the Community Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax is among Stacey Daniels-Young’s chief objectives as Jackson County’s new COMBAT Director.

Scenes From Opening Day At The 'New' Kauffman Stadium
APRIL 10, 2009 -- CLICK HERE to view a slideshow highlighting the opening day activities at the "new" Kauffman Stadium. Renovations to the stadium were completed on budget and way ahead of schedule (the renovations were originally slated to be finished with the opening of the 2010 season.

Program's Gift Of A Home Changes Many Lives  
Constructing FuturesAPRIL 9, 2009 -- As part of the innovative "Constructing Futures" program, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and County Legislator James Tindall Sr. (2nd District) presented keys to a remodeled home to a Kansas City woman and her two daughters. The program, which Sanders unveiled last November, addresses three key issues: vacant and abandon houses, job-training programs for former offenders and the plight of homeless families.

'Wall-Breaking' Celebrates Vital Renovations
Wall-Breaking Ceremony MARCH 24, 2009 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders has stressed bringing down a retaining wall that has caused water to be trapped around the Jackson County Truman Courthouse foundation is an essential step in renovating the landmark building. Therefore, rather than a traditional "ground-breaking," County and City of Independence officials marked the beginning of these key renovations with a "wall-breaking" ceremony.

Earth Hour 2009
Earth Hour Logo MARCH 24, 2009 -- More than 2,800 cities and towns from 84 countries across the globe are committed to participating in Earth Hour 2009. Participating is literally as simple as flipping a switch--a light switch, to be exact. At 8:30 p.m. this Saturday (March 28), just turn off your lights and other electronics for one hour. Earth Hour attempts to raise awareness about the impact energy consumption has on global climate change.

A Crowning Moment For Renovations At 'The K'
MARCH 17, 2009 -- Construction at Kauffman Stadium is winding down. Most of the renovations at the ball park are slated to be completed in time for the Kansas City Royals' 2009 home opener against the New York Yankees.

Phase II Of Truman Courthouse Renovation Now Underway
Truman Courthouse MARCH 17, 2009 -- The crucial second phase of the Jackson County Truman Courthouse renovation project began Monday, March 16. Completing this phase, which includes removing retaining walls that have caused water to repeatedly be trapped around the building's foundation, is essential to preventing the historic landmark from deteriorating further.

County and Kansas City Reveal Details About Regional Agreement
FEBRUARY 19, 2009 -- Describing it as a "win-win situation," Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders joined Kansas City Councilwoman Cathy Jolly (6th District) in unveiling details about a written agreement allowing the City to close it Municipal Correctional Institution by housing its inmates inside the County Detention Center. At the Jackson County Legislature's regular meeting February 17, Sanders indicated that the agreement is intended to be short-term, but represents a step toward the long-term solution of building a new regional detention center.

COMBAT Director Stacey Daniels-Young County Executive Names Senior Staff For COMBAT
FEBRUARY 17, 2009 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders announced today the hiring of three individuals to lead the County's COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Sales Tax) program. Stacey Daniels-Young will serve as the new Director of COMBAT, and she said the new leadership team looked forward to "building on the success of the program."

Mike Sharp Being Sworn In As Sheriff Mike Sharp Sworn In As Jackson County Sheriff
FEBRUARY 2, 2009 -- Mike Sharp was sworn in as Jackson County Sheriff during the County Legislature's regular meeting today. He was elected to the office in November of 2008, succeeding Sheriff Tom Phillips who announced his retirement early last year.

Jim Kanatzar Sworn In As Jackson County Prosecutor
Jim Kanatzar Being Sworn In FEBRUARY 2, 2009 -- Jim Kanatzar was sworn in as Jackson County Prosecutor during the County Legislature's regular meeting today. Upon moving from his role County Prosecutor to take office as County Executive, Mike Sanders appointed Kanatzar County Prosecutor in January of 2007. Kanatzar won election to the Prosecutor's office in November of last year.

Condition Of Truman Courthouse Represents A "Public Emergency"
Truman Courthouse JANUARY 30, 2009 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders announced during a news conference today that the condition of the Historic Jackson County Truman Courthouse warrants officially declaring the landmark building a "public emergency." The public emergency declaration enables the County, under both the Jackson County Charter and Missouri state statute, to free up money from its state-mandated contingency fund to cover costs, in the short-term, of preserving the Truman Courthouse.

Mike Sanders Crucial Step Forward Toward
Regional Detention Center
JANUARY 14, 2009 -- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders joined Kansas City Councilwoman Cathy Jolly (6th District) and City Manager Wayne Cauthen in a news conference today announcing a key step forward in Sanders' goal to develop a regional detention center. The County and Kansas City have agreed in principal on a collaboration to house inmates.

Scott Burnett Scott Burnett Elected Chairman Of County Legislature
JANUARY 7, 2009 -- On the same day he and fellow Legislator Bob Spence received their 10-year pins for a decade of service to the County, Scott Burnett was selected to chair the Jackson County Legislature in 2009.

The Legislature elected the 1st District Legislator during its first meeting of the new year.

51,247 Online Transactions During 2008 Tax Season
JANUARY 7, 2009 -- Spending a few minutes at a computer keyboard is becoming an increasingly popular way for Jackson County citizens to pay their tax bills. The 2008 tax season saw a record 51,247 parcels paid online at jacksongov.

County Employee Elected To Serve On International Board
Kweku JANUARY 7, 2009 -- Anthony "Sackey" Kweku, a Jackson County Assessment Department Statistician and Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal Modeler, ahs been elected to serve on the Executive Board of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). His three-year term begins January 23.

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