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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         

October 19, 2021 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Parks + Rec is excited to announce its annual Fall Muster at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, which will be held this weekend on October 23 and 24. Visitors will experience the sights and sounds of a busy Fort on the Missouri Frontier. Reenactors will demonstrate musket firing, cannon firing, infantry drill, mail call and historic cooking.

What: 34th Annual Fall Muster    

When: Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Fort Osage National Historic Landmark
105 Osage Street, Sibley, MO 64088

Cost: Adults – $8.00
Seniors (62 and over) – $4.00
Youth (ages 5-13) – $4.00
Five and under – Free

Contact:   Fred Goss, Site Administrator
Jackson County Parks + Rec
(816) 650-3278

About Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

Owned and operated by Jackson County Parks + Rec, Fort Osage was built in 1808. Under the initial direction of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the historic Fort served a dual role as both a military garrison and a trade center. Today, authentically attired historical interpreters take visitors on a journey through this national historic landmark. Guests enjoy breathtaking views of the reconstructed historic site overlooking the Missouri River as they learn about the daily life of military, civilian and Native American populations at Fort Osage. Also explore 4,000 square feet of museum exhibitions in the Fort Osage Education Center and a museum store with unique gifts and souvenirs. Fort Osage National Historic Landmark is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2022

 

Media Contact:
Marcy Caldwell, Jackson County Parks + Rec
(816) 503-4831 | mcaldwell@jacksongov.org

 

35th Annual Fall Muster at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Parks + Rec is excited to announce its annual Fall Muster at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23. Reenactors from across the Midwest will lead the event. Visitors will experience the sights and sounds of a bustling Missouri frontier fort, as men and women in period attire interpret an active 1810 military post. Activities include musket firing, cannon firing, infantry drill, pay call, fife and drum playing, blacksmithing, mail call and historic cooking. Hands-on family-friendly activities in the Fort Osage Education Center add to the fun. 

         What:      35th Annual Fort Osage National Historic Landmark Fall Military Muster     

         When:      Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

         Where:    Fort Osage National Historic Landmark
                         105 Osage Street, Sibley, MO 64088

          Cost:       Adults - $8.00
                          Seniors (62 and over) - $4.00
                          Youth - $4.00
                          Five and under - Free

          Contact:   Fred Goss, Site Administrator
                           Jackson County Parks + Rec
                           (816) 650-3278

 

About Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

Owned and operated by Jackson County Parks + Rec, Fort Osage was built in 1808. Under the initial direction of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the historic Fort served a dual role as both a military garrison and a trade center. Today, authentically attired historical interpreters take visitors on a journey through this national historic landmark. Guests enjoy breathtaking views of the reconstructed historic site overlooking the Missouri River as they learn about the daily life of military, civilian and Native American populations at Fort Osage. Also explore 4,000 square feet of museum exhibitions in the Fort Osage Education Center and a museum store with unique gifts and souvenirs. Fort Osage National Historic Landmark is open year-round, Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

 

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Jackson County Assessor’s Office Will Announce Additional Resources for Filing Property Value Assessment Appeals


News Conference is Set for Thursday, July 20 at 9 a.m.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 19, 2023)– The Jackson County, Missouri, Assessor’s Office will announce additional resources and upcoming weekend hours to help Jackson County property owners better understand the property value assessment process and file an appeal if they have concerns.

This information will be unveiled at a news conference to be held on Thursday, July 20 at the Assessor’s Offices located at 1300 Washington Street in Kansas City, MO.

Highlights of this event will include:

  • Jackson County Assessor Gail McCann Beatty will be available to provide clarification about the property value assessment process and the Board of Equalization appeals process.
  • Additional hours and resources to help property owners file for appeals will be announced.
  • Updates to the appeals phone system will be announced.
  • New content on the jacoassessmentfacts.com website will be shared with attendees.

Event Details

  • When: Thursday, July 20 at 9 a.m.
  • Location: Jackson County Assessor’s offices located at 1300 Washington St., Kansas City, MO

New Updates Every Thursday

Assessor McCann Beatty also announced that she will be providing media updates for the next three weeks each Thursday at 9 a.m. However, she will be unavailable for media interviews in the interim, to ensure she and her staff have adequate time and resources to focus on reassessments and appeals.

 

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MEDIA CONTACT
 

Aaron Gilbertie
Mod Op
(317) 690-7097
aaron.gilbertie@modop.com

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2024

 

Applications now available as Jackson County launches senior property tax credit program

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County is pleased to announce the launch of its Senior Property Tax Credit Program to help eligible residents with property tax payments on their home. The program, authorized by a new state law commonly known as Senate Bill 190, freezes an eligible resident’s property tax bill.

Applications for the program are now available. Those who are approved for the program this year will see the tax credit benefit on their bill in 2025.

“Jackson County is dedicated to supporting the well-being of our senior residents, enriching their overall quality of life,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “This initiative offers significant benefits, ensuring financial relief and stability for eligible individuals. We encourage qualified residents to take advantage of the opportunity presented by this valuable program.”

State law established the guidelines for the county program, including the following:

  1. Eligibility Criteria: The program is available to Jackson County residents who are eligible for Social Security retirement benefits and meet specific property ownership requirements.

2. Tax Credit Amount: The year an application is approved sets the base amount for the property tax bill freeze. This base amount is what an individual will pay moving forward unless there is a change in eligibility.

3. One Primary Residence: Applicants can only claim one primary residence. The primary residence must be occupied by the eligible resident.

4. Market Value Maximum: The market value of the property must be less than $550,000 to be eligible for the program in accordance with a law passed by the Jackson County Legislature.

The deadline to submit new applications and supporting documentation via email or in person is December 31 of each year. Once approved, participants will be required to renew their application to stay in the program. Renewal applications are due each year by August 31.

Applications can be found online at www.jacksongov.org/seniortaxcredit. Copies will also be available at both Collection Department locations at the Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City and the Historic Truman Courthouse in Independence.

For further details on the application process, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, please visit the program website at www.jacksongov.org/seniortaxcredit. A copy of the documents are attached for your convenience.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2023

 

Jackson County Assessor’s response to preliminary audit findings on assessment process

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Assessor Gail McCann Beatty has issued the following statement regarding a preliminary report released today by the Missouri State Auditor’s Office:

“As the Jackson County Assessor, I acknowledge the preliminary findings presented by the Missouri State Auditor’s Office regarding our assessment process. These preliminary findings are being carefully reviewed and thoroughly analyzed by our internal team. While we believe there are mistakes in these preliminary findings, we remain actively engaged with the auditors to ensure a comprehensive understanding of their observations and correct any inaccuracies. Specifically, it is our position that Section 137.115 was fully complied with.

“For two years, Jackson County completed an extensive review of each residential parcel. The review included having an associate document each property by photographing, measuring, and collecting up-to-date information. Property owners were provided with an opportunity to provide additional information by using a postage paid or online questionnaire. Only after all inspections were completed did the Assessment Department determine a market value and notifications were sent to each owner.  

“There appears to be a mistaken belief that physical, exterior inspections are conducted after a valuation is determined. However, the case relied upon the Auditor in the preliminary report shows that it is standard for inspections to be conducted before valuations are estimated. The case cited in the preliminary report states:

The inspection was within a relevant time period of the valuation date of January 1, 2007. Further, St. Louis County is the largest assessment jurisdiction in the state. Over a quarter of a million residential parcels required inspection before the 2007 assessment could be completed. The purpose of Section 137.115 RSMo is to insure that the taxpayer’s property is inspected before an increase of over 15% may be finalized. An inspection occurring in October 2006, fulfills the inspection purpose of the statute.

Geiger Real Estate, Inc v Muehlheausler, 2009 WL 1266297 (2009).

“Further, the State Auditor’s current interpretation regarding physical inspections should cause concern among assessor’s statewide as such a theory would have significant impacts on their assessment process.

“Nonetheless, we will provide further updates and detailed actions following the release of the final audit report. Until then, we remain dedicated to upholding fair and equitable property assessments, ensuring that our assessment process aligns with industry best practices.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2, 2022

Media Contact:

Jeremy Van Deventer, Event Organizer

(816) 805-6146

Jeremycvandeventer@gmail.com

 

“Bright Lights for Charlie” Press Conference

Announcing a fundraising event for the family of Charlie Criniere

 

Jackson County, Mo. – A press conference announcing “Bright Lights for Charlie,” a bike ride and fundraising event to benefit the family of Charlie Criniere, who lost his life in a hit and run bike accident on View High Drive last Saturday, will be held on Tuesday, September 6 at 10 a.m. at Longview Lake Beach, 11101 Raytown Road.  Speakers will include:

  • Frank White, Jr. – Jackson County Executive
  • Tony Miller – Jackson County Legislator and Land Use Committee Chair
  • Athol Barnes – Pastor, Grace Point Baptist Church
  • Jeremy Van Deventer – Event Organizer

“My heart goes out to all of those who knew and loved Charlie, especially his wife and children,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “With over 150 miles of hiking, biking, walking and equestrian trails in our parks system, we value and prioritize safety. Jackson County partnering on this bike ride is one way to show our support for Charlie’s family and to amplify the voices advocating to decrease the dangers of walking and biking for everyone.”

Charlie Criniere was a middle school math teacher for the Grandview School District.  He was also a Deacon at Grace Point Baptist Church and a loving husband to Megan Criniere who is currently homeschooling 9 of their 10 children. 100% of the money raised through the ride will benefit Charlie’s family.

The “Bright Lights for Charlie” Bike Ride, named in honor of Charlie’s children and students, represents the beginning of a campaign for cyclists to be SEEN. The bike ride will be held Saturday, September 17, starting at 8 a.m. at Longview Lake Beach, 11101 Raytown Road. Routes will vary from 10 miles to 100 kilometers. In lieu of a registration fee, free will donations will be accepted. For more information, contact Jeremycvandeventer@gmail.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2024

Media Contact: Marcy Caldwell
(816) 506-3328 | (913) 568-8593
mcaldwell@jacksongov.org

 

Celebrate Spring with family fun at Missouri Town Living History Museum

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Spring has sprung and it is time for fun! Jackson County Parks + Rec invites you to enjoy a day of outdoor entertainment for the entire family at its Sheep Shindig event on Saturday, May 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Families will enjoy time-honored games and crafts typical of the mid-1800s and watch as our resident flock of sheep receive their spring haircuts. Missouri Town interpreters will demonstrate the wool-making process from sheep shearing to carding and beyond.

What:          Sheep Shindig 2024

When:         Saturday, May 4   9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where:        Missouri Town Living History Museum - 8010 East Park Road, Lee's Summit, MO 64064

Cost:           Adults - $8; Children (5-13) - $4; Seniors (62 and older) - $4; Children 4 and under – Free

 

On-site Media Contact:
Dr. Amy Coale, Jackson County Parks + Rec
acoale@jacksongov.org | (816) 427-1705

 

The Missouri Town Living History Museum, located at 8010 East Park Road in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, is a reconstructed 1850s crossroads community on 40 picturesque acres in Jackson County’s Fleming Park, where interpreters in period attire bring history to life. The village includes 25 historic structures dating from 1820-1860, with heritage livestock and heirloom crops raised on site. 

For additional event details, call (816) 229-8980 or visit the Jackson County Parks + Rec website.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 19, 2021

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Parks + Rec invites you to enjoy a day of fun for the entire family at its annual Children’s Day & Sheep Shearing event on Saturday, May 1 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

What: Children’s Day and Sheep Shearing 

When: Saturday, May 1 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where:    Missouri Town 1855
8010 East Park Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064

Cost: Adults - $7, Children (5-13) - $4
Seniors (62 and older) - $4, Children 4 and under - Free

On-site: Jenna Peterson Riley, Jackson County Parks + Rec

Contact: jpetersonriley@jacksongov.org (816) 524-8770

Spring has sprung and it is time to celebrate! Visit Missouri Town 1855, an open-air living history museum spread across 30 acres, and learn about life in the 19th century. Children will delight in the time-honored games and crafts typical of the mid-1800s including stilts, egg races, tin punching, log sawing, and more. The whole family will enjoy listening to period music, touring the heirloom plant gardens, and meeting our heritage breed livestock, including our team of oxen – Studebaker and Weber! 

Alongside our Children’s Day festivities, Missouri Town 1855 will also feature its resident flock of sheep receiving their spring haircuts. Living history interpreters dressed in historical clothing will demonstrate the complete process of wool production from sheep to shawl.

Concessions will be available to purchase. Masks and social distancing are required. For additional information, call (816) 229-8980 or visit online at MakeYourDayHere.com/MissouriTown.

About Missouri Town 1855

Missouri Town 1855 is a historic site and living history museum, owned and operated by Jackson County Parks + Rec, with over 25 authentically furnished structures dating from 1820 to 1860 on 30 picturesque acres. Professional interpreters, dressed in 1850s attire, bring history to life for all who visit. Missouri Town 1855 is located in Lee’s Summit, MO on the east side of Lake Jacomo in Fleming Park.

 

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October 28, 2022

 

Jackson County Parks + Rec holds construction kickoff for Frank White, Jr. Sports Complex improvement project

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Parks + Rec is building a better player experience at the Frank White, Jr. Sports Complex. A press conference and construction kickoff is planned for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 2 on the field at 3901 SW Longview Road. Media is invited to attend.

The exciting improvement project, completed by Mid-America Sports, includes removal of the existing aglime and the installation of new synthetic turf on five infields. Weather permitting, the work should be completed in the Spring 2023, before the start of our regularly scheduled leagues and tournaments.

“This is a significant improvement and investment in our amazing fields that will not only allow us to host more games, but most importantly, be safer for athletes,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “We’re excited to work with a local company to deliver this project and are actively exploring potential opportunities to further enhance our fields to provide the best player and spectator experience in Jackson County.”

“This project will truly keep the Frank White, Jr. Sports Complex at the top of the list of the best ballparks in the Greater Kansas City area,” said Jackson County Parks + Rec Director Michele Newman. “The market demand for youth and adult sports facilities is only increasing. Along with the other recent capital improvements that have been made, we believe this project will help us maintain our competitive edge and grow usage at the park.”

"For 20 years, Sports America has been holding tournaments at the Frank White, Jr. Sports Complex,” said Ron Ring, Owner of Sports America. “We cannot be more excited to see the improvements being made to enhance the player experience and look forward to continuing our outstanding relationship with Jackson County Parks + Rec.”

          What:         Frank White, Jr. Sports Complex Construction Kickoff

         When:         Wednesday, November 2, 2022

         Time:          10:00 a.m.

         Where:       Frank White, Jr. Sports Complex
                              
3901 SW Longview Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081

 

Located in beautiful Longview Lake Park in Lee's Summit, Missouri, the Frank White, Jr. Softball Complex is a state-of-the-art softball facility, featuring five lighted, fully irrigated fields. A full-service concession/observation pavilion, picnic tables and restroom facility are also on site.

In 1989, the Jackson County Legislature renamed the complex after County Executive White in recognition of outstanding baseball career with the Kansas City Royals and his contributions to the community. The Frank White, Jr. Sports Complex hosts adult softball leagues, girls’ softball and boys’ baseball tournaments.

Media can contact Jackson County Public Information Officer Marshanna Smith at (816) 881-1391 or msmith@jacksongov.org.

 

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February 25, 2021

Wyandotte County, KS Joins Johnson County, KS and Jackson County, MO in Removing Closing Time Restrictions on Bars, Restaurants, and Taverns

Jurisdictions Focus on Bringing Consistency for Area Businesses While Still Guarding Public Health

Leaders with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, Johnson County, Kansas, and Jackson County, Missouri announced changes today regarding operating hours for bars, restaurants, and taverns in those counties. David Alvey, Mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert, and Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. issued a joint statement:

“We continue to work together as a region to follow the data and take appropriate steps to protect public health. Harmonizing our COVID rules regarding bar and restaurant closing times makes life simpler for businesses and residents. We are encouraged by the progress our region is making in fighting the virus, but we also know the fight is not over, and people need to continue to wear masks, social distance, and get vaccinated.” 

Both the Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD) and the Jackson County Health Department issued new Health Orders reflecting this change. Johnson County amended an existing Health Order (see details, below). 

“Business owners and operators in our region have gone to great lengths to comply with and implement health protocols to keep their staff, customers, and the community safe since the start of the pandemic,” said David Alvey, Mayor and CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas. “Our primary goal has been and remains containing the spread of COVID-19, while simultaneously working to help residents, businesses, and the community manage and retain a sense of normalcy during these challenging times. As such, I’m pleased that the latest public health data is allowing for further relaxation of existing Health Orders for local operators, and that this is being done jointly between Wyandotte, Jackson, and Johnson Counties in an effort to provide consistency and uniformity for both businesses and patrons. While service hours are being expanded, it remains the responsibility of everyone to do so in a safe and controlled manner, working to ensure employees and customers continue to mask up, maintain social distancing, disinfect, and work to protect the public health.”

“Successful partnerships require humility, respect for one another, and sacrificing one’s individual interests for the whole. Not all leaders, especially elected ones, are able to do that. However, I am grateful that from the very early days of this pandemic, we have stood united in our commitment to science and united in our belief that we can be most effective in protecting our communities when we work together,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “While we have relaxed some restrictions in our order, we cannot let our guard down. The UK variant has been found in wastewater systems in eastern Jackson County, Kansas City, and in wastewater originating in Johnson County. Studies show this variant spreads more easily and quickly than others, which could lead to a surge in more COVID cases. Moving forward, it is imperative that mask wearing, social distancing, and frequent hand washing are practiced vigorously until we can all get vaccinated.”

“Our local public health order as well as the cooperation of our residents and business community have helped mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert. “We encourage everyone to continue to wear masks, physically distance and avoid crowds, but feel that removing this time restriction on our restaurants and bars will help that sector of our business community serve its clientele. We encourage them to do so in the safe manner they have been by following gathering, capacity, and physical distancing protocols.”

Details about the New Wyandotte County Local Health Order (LHO 2/25/21)

The new order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, February 26. Under a previous health order, restaurants, bars, and taverns were required to close by 12:30 a.m. Under the new order:

  • The closing time restriction has been lifted. Restaurants, bars, and taverns may remain open until their pre-pandemic closing time.
  • Once closed for the evening, these businesses must remain closed until at least 6 a.m. each day. Restaurants can operate between their pre-pandemic closing time and 6 a.m. for drive through or delivery services only.  

Additional protocols remain the same as outlined in previous orders, including:  

  • Restaurants, bars, and taverns must still restrict customer capacity to no more than 50 percent of building capacity.
  • During business hours, patrons must remain seated to the greatest extent possible, and all patrons must be masked except when actively eating or drinking. 
  • Parties of guests (whether indoors or outdoors) are limited to no more than eight people. 
  • Guest parties must be socially distanced at least six feet apart. 

 

Details About Revisions to Johnson County, KS Local Health Order #002-20

On Thursday, Feb. 25, the Johnson County Board of Public Health approved the removal of curfews and closing times for restaurants, bars, night clubs, and other businesses licensed to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption that are currently included in Section II, paragraphs (4) and (5) of Johnson County Board of Public Health Order No. 002-20. This was effective immediately. No other changes were made to the order, which lasts through March 31, 2021.

Details About the New Jackson County, MO Local Health Order

The new order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, February 26 and does not apply in the cities of Kansas City, Missouri, or Independence, Missouri. Under the new order:

  • Restaurants, bars, and taverns can resume normal operating hours to serve food and alcohol. Indoor and outdoor seating at tables remains limited to no more than 10 people.
  • Gatherings under 50 people are no longer required to submit a Gathering Protocol.
  • Any gathering exceeding 50 people must submit a Gathering Protocol at least seven (7) business days in advance of the event. The Gathering Protocol must be approved by Jackson County and easily accessible to all attendees.

Gatherings include, but are not limited to, non-essential business activities such as weddings, funerals, lectures, meetings, parades, fairs, festivals, sporting events, and performances. Jackson County’s mask mandate and 50 percent capacity limit for all businesses that are frequented by the public remain in effect.

Jackson County residents and businesses can learn more by visiting the health department online at www.jacohd.org/coronavirus, by phone at (816) 404-6415, or via email at  COVID19@tmcmed.org.

Wyandotte County residents can learn more online at wycokck.org/COVID-19, or by calling 3-1-1. 

Johnson County residents can learn more online at jocogov.org

Media Contacts:

Janell Friesen, Unified Government Public Health Department Public Information Officer, ‪(913) 428-9622, 

Jfriesen@wycokck.org

Jody Hanson, Johnson County Director of Public Affairs and Communication, (913) 715-0730, jody.hanson@jocogov.org

Marshanna Smith, Jackson County, Missouri Public Information Officer, (816) 878-1930, msmith@jacksongov.org

Kayla Parker, Communications Coordinator, Jackson County Health Department (816) 404-8424, kayla.parker@tmcmed.org

 

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