Board of Equalization


Effective March 24, 2020, the Jackson County Board of Equalization office in the Jackson County Courthouse at 415 E. 12th Street in Kansas City will be closed to the public for at least 30 days in an effort to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. During this closure, any contact or business that you wish to conduct with the County must be done by phone, email, or regular mail. 

Regarding all appeal scheduling, the dockets have been suspended until further notice.   

Taxpayers needing assistance from the Board of Equalization can email: or call 816-881-3309. 

Mission Statement

The Jackson County Board of Equalization is an independent Board composed of citizen taxpayers of Jackson County. Its mission is to fully and fairly equalize the value of all real and tangible personal property in the county for purposes of taxation and to provide an appeal forum for taxpayers to correct perceived inequities in the assessment of value. The Board strives to allow taxpayers an efficient, public, unbiased, courteous and informative manner of addressing grievances surrounding the imposition of taxes by the county.


  • The County Executive appoints 3 members to serve overlapping 3-year terms.
  • The County Executive appoints 1 member from the unincorporated area to serve a 1-year term where property in question is located in an unincorporated area.
  • One member is appointed by the mayor of the municipality to serve a 1-year term where property in question is located.
  • One member is appointed by the school board of the school district to serve a 1-year term where property in question is located.
  • The County Executive designates the Chairperson.
  • Board members are residents of the County and hold no other County office.
Member Appointed Term Expires
Christopher R. Smith - Chairman May. 18, 2018 Dec. 31, 2019
Marilyn M. Shapiro - Vice Chair  Jan. 03, 2018 Dec. 31, 2020
Forestine A. Beasley - Member  Mar. 06, 2019 Dec. 31, 2021

Independent Body Performing State-Mandated Functions

Missouri Revised Statutes require a board of equalization be formed in each county. The Board of Equalization is an independent body, established pursuant to Missouri law, specifically chapter 138 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri. The board performs state-mandated functions relating to the review and equalization of property tax assessments, including the adjudicating of tax appeals.

While the board’s members are appointed by officials of Jackson County and other local taxing jurisdictions, no other public official can control or direct the board’s actions.  

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