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Mecklenburg County Plans Ahead for Reval

BY KEVIN BAKER, ATLANTA, FEBRUARY 2022

Property owners in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina won’t see revaluation notices on their businesses and homes for another year, but officials are already at work. As of January, the county has made an initial evaluation of 82% of the county’s 400,000 properties for the 2023 revaluation.

 

In addition, officials are working to appoint a nine-member Citizen’s Review Committee to assist with the revaluation. Also, research is underway to study equity in Mecklenburg’s appeals system.

 

Timeline

 

New Notices of Value will be mailed during the first three months of 2023, according to a presentation by assessor Ken Joyner to county commissioners. The informal appeal process starts at that time and wraps up by the second quarter. The formal appeals process to the Board of Equalization and Review begins May 2023. Property tax bills will be mailed in July 2023.

 

The overwhelming majority of parcels in Mecklenburg are residential single-family homes, townhomes, and condos. Commercial properties comprise about 7% of the total but represent about 39% of the overall tax base, according to Joyner.

 

Citizen’s Review Committee

 

Commissioners will appoint a nine-member citizens panel to work with the assessor and be a second set of eyes. Interviews will be held in the coming weeks with the 11 people nominated by the board to determine those most qualified. Meetings with the panel will start in March and end by December.

 

Study Commissioned

 

The assessor’s office is partnering with the UNC School of Government to study recent appeal data. The research will focus on the appeal rates along various demographic groups and the results in those groups. The study is expected to be complete by March.

 

Tax Rates will Determine Bills

 

Increases in real estate value don’t automatically mean that property owners will see sizeable increases in their tax bills. The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, Charlotte City Council, and the governing boards of the six towns each set their own property tax rates, which they’ll do in the lead-up to finalizing their budgets.