Jenks schools shorted $100,000 due to county tax assessor mistake

Posted at 6:31 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 18:37:03-04

A Tulsa County Assessor's office error has cost Jenks schools $100,000 in tax dollars.

Tulsa County Assessor's office said the mistake comes from the Yale Village Shopping Center, which is located at 91st and Yale Avenue, being appraised wrong after it was sold.

"We have 80 employees in this office who handle about 290,000 accounts, a million data bytes per year and once in a while mistakes are made - it happens," TCAO Public Information Officer Pat Milton said. "We have made the appropriate adjustments to the property and the taxes will increase starting this year, but there is really no way to make up those losses."

Jenks Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Cody Way said they rely on outside sources to calculate property taxes and these types of mistakes are frustrating.

"It is certainly frustrating that this particular property was overlooked for a significant period of time," Way said. "It has cost Jenks Public Schools approximately $50,000 per year over the last two years and could potentially cost more moving forward. Every dollar is important for our students and our classrooms. We are hopeful that the County Assessor’s office can identify solutions to keep this from happening in the future.”

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