Shahdad & Teresa Dowlatshahi v. Robert Murphy, Assessor Jackson County

December 5th, 2017




             Complainants )  
v. ) Appeal No. 17-30041
Respondent )  






The decision of the Jackson County Board of Equalization (BOE) lowering the assessment made by Robert Murphy, Assessor, Jackson County, Missouri (Respondent) is AFFIRMED.  The evidentiary hearing in this case was scheduled for November 15, 2017, at the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City, Missouri.  Shahdad Dowlatshahi and Teresa Dowlatshahi (Complainants) failed to appear at the evidentiary hearing and failed to prosecute the appeal.


The Commission takes this appeal to determine the true value in money for the subject property on January 1, 2017.


Initially, Respondent appraised the subject property at $103,500 true value in money (TVM), as residential property.  The BOE lowered Respondent’s valuation of the subject property to $95,000 TVM.  Complainants appealed, on the ground of overvaluation.   In their Complaint for Review of Assessment, Complainants proposed a TVM of $90,000.


  1. Jurisdiction over this appeal is proper. Complainants timely appealed to the State Tax Commission from the decision of the BOE.
  2. The subject property is located at 1412 SW 5th Street, Lee Summit, Missouri. The property is identified by Parcel/Locator number 62-610-03-09-00-0-00-000.
  3. By Order dated October 16, 2017, this case was set for an Evidentiary Hearing at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the Jackson County Courthouse, Kansas City, Missouri. The Order informed Complainants that if they could not attend the Evidentiary Hearing and needed a continuance a request must be made in writing and filed with the Commission no later than five days before the hearing date.  Complainants did not file any timely request for a continuance.  Complainants did not communicate with the Senior Hearing Officer or the Commission that they would not be attending the Evidentiary Hearing as scheduled.
  4. The evidentiary hearing in this appeal was commenced at 10:45 a.m. on the record after a grace period was allowed for Complainants to appear. As stated above, Complainants did not appear. Respondent appeared by Counsel Whitney Miller, who announced ready for the evidentiary hearing.



The Commission has jurisdiction to hear this appeal and correct any assessment which is shown to be unlawful, unfair, arbitrary or capricious, including the application of any abatement.  The Senior Hearing Officer shall issue a decision and order affirming, modifying, or reversing the determination of the BOE and correcting any assessment which is unlawful, unfair, improper, arbitrary, or capricious.  Article X, Section 14, Mo. Const. of 1945; Sections 138.430, 138.431, 138.431.4, RSMo.

Presumptions In Appeals

There is a presumption of validity, good faith, and correctness of assessment by the county board of equalization.  Hermel, Inc. v. STC, 564 S.W.2d 888, 895 (Mo. banc 1978); Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Co. v. STC, 436 S.W.2d 650, 656 (Mo. 1968); May Department Stores Co. v. STC, 308 S.W.2d 748, 759 (Mo. 1958).  In order to prevail, complainants must rebut the presumption of correct assessment by presenting substantial and persuasive evidence as to the proper taxation of the subject property on the tax day at issue.  Hermel, 564 S.W.2d at 895; Cupples-Hesse Corporation v. State Tax Commission, 329 S.W.2d 696, 702 (Mo. 1959).   There is no presumption that the taxpayer’s opinion is correct.  In an appeal before the Commission, the taxpayer still bears the burden of proof because the taxpayer is the moving party seeking affirmative relief.  Therefore, the Complainant must prove by a preponderance of the evidence the vital elements of the case, i.e., the assessment was “unlawful, unfair, improper, arbitrary or capricious.”  See, Westwood Partnership v. Gogarty, 103 S.W.3d 152, 161 (Mo. App. E.D. 2003); Reeves v. Snider, 115 S.W.3d 375, 379 (Mo. App. S.D. 2003); Daly v. P. D. George Co., 77 S.W.3d 645, 648 (Mo. App. E.D. 2002); Industrial Development Authority of Kansas City v. State Tax Commission of Missouri, 804 S.W.2d 387, 392 (Mo. App. W.D. 1991).


The TVM for the subject property as determined by the BOE is AFFIRMED.

The assessed value for the subject property for tax years 2017 is set at $18,050 ($95,000 TVM).

Application for Review

Complainant may file with the Commission an application for review of this Decision within thirty days of the mailing date set forth in the Certificate of Service.  The application shall contain specific grounds upon which it is claimed the decision is erroneous.  Said application must be in writing addressed to the State Tax Commission of Missouri, P.O. Box 146, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0146, and a copy of said application must be sent to each person at the address listed below in the certificate of service.  Failure to state specific facts or law upon which the appeal is based will result in summary denial.  Section 138.432 RSMo 2000.

The Collector of Jackson County, as well as the collectors of all affected political subdivisions therein, shall continue to hold the disputed taxes pending a filing of an Application for Review, unless said taxes have been disbursed pursuant to a court order under the provisions of Section 139.031.8, RSMo 2000, as amended.

Any Finding of Fact that is a Conclusion of Law or Decision shall be so deemed.  Any Decision that is a Finding of Fact or Conclusion of Law shall be so deemed.

SO ORDERED December 5, 2017.


John Treu

Senior Hearing Officer


Certificate of Service

I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing has been sent electronically or mailed postage prepaid this 5th day of December, 2017, to: Complainants(s) counsel and/or Complainant, the County Assessor and/or Counsel for Respondent and County Collector.;;

Jacklyn Wood

Legal Coordinator