House Speaker Thom Tillis is working to address some concerns residents have over revaluations. Some homeowners said their taxes jumped up too high.
Tillis has put together a work committee that is meeting Thursday to gather information for a select committee he will form after the short session.
“No change,” said Cornelius resident Paul McMellon as he showed Eyewitness News paperwork from his revaluation appeal. That’s a phrase he didn't want to see after he appealed a revaluation on two pieces of property.
“No change in value. That's the lot right here,” he said. “It went from $20,000 to $47,500.”
He said it was a similar story for his other property on Main Street.
Surgery after a military accident makes travel difficult for McMellon.
“I kept saying to the man on the phone, ‘Sir, I don't drive. I can't get to Charlotte,’” he said.
He said all of the paperwork and information was hard to deal with over the phone.
"It's confusing. It is a mess," McMellon said.
Tillis has heard that from many residents in Mecklenburg County and other areas of the state.
"I don't know if abuse is the right word, but there are clearly some things that are almost impossible to explain," Tillis said.
He has heard concerns about both the revaluation and appeal process and he said it should be more transparent and accessible.
"Even the appeal process, the cost and complexity, all of that has to be looked at," Tillis said.
His staff is collecting information from residents now. Then, he said, he will appoint a select committee after the short session to recommend legislation. While Tillis said that law won't change until next year, he said county action now will make a difference.
"What will drive our decisions will be where we believe local government have abused their statutory authority," Tillis said.