Commissioners promise to move to correct inaccurate appraisals

by: Jim Bradley Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Some Mecklenburg County Commissioners said they expect to reach agreement next week on a plan to address inequities in the 2011 revaluation.

Their comments came Tuesday night in the aftermath of the resignation by Mecklenburg County Assessor Garrett Alexander.

Commission Chairman Harold Cogdell called Alexander's resignation a “message to our community." 

Cogdell said the county needs to regain trust from homeowners in neighborhoods where a consultant's report found "major problems' with the revaluation. Tax values set by the assessor's office are the basis for property taxes owed by owners.

Commissioners have set a special meeting for next Tuesday, where they intend to finalize a plan for moving forward on two major issues: Adjusting values of homes in neighborhoods with the worst problems during the revaluation. 

They will also consider how quickly they can schedule a completely new revaluation for all Mecklenburg County homeowners.

"I think that we will find some consensus between now and next Tuesday on how to address this and how to provide very clear direction to the public on the specifics of how we're going to take corrective measures," Cogdell said.

Commissioner Jennifer Roberts said she doubts a new county-wide revaluation can happen before 2014. 

"I don't think 2013 is physically possible, but we're going to look at 2014-15 when they can do the next revaluation," Roberts said. 

She believes an outside company can be brought in to address problem areas sooner. 

North Carolina law states Mecklenburg County must name an interim tax assessor.  Sources told Eyewitness News they expect County Manager Harry Jones to appoint one of his top deputies to the post while the search for a replacement takes place.