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Posted: 11:54 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013
By Mark Becker
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Mecklenburg County commissioners are set to ask state lawmakers for help undoing, or redoing, the last property revaluations. They're just not sure what that would involve yet.
The county made their pitch to local lawmakers Monday, which could include a bill to allow Mecklenburg County to redo its latest revaluation.
The county attorney has to weigh in first on whether a new revaluation would be constitutional. His report is due Feb. 5.
Eyewitness News has heard from many homeowners who filed appeals after their home values and taxes jumped dramatically in 2011.
"It actually doubled the taxes, so it was very disturbing to receive the bill in the mail," said Theresa McCormick, who has lived in her north Charlotte home for 14 years.
She is hardly the only one. Her neighborhood is one of many where a consultant found major problems with the revaluation in 2011, and commissioners want to fix what they can.
"We did overcharge a lot of people -- what's fair is fair!" said new chairwoman Pat Cotham.
Cotham's daughter, who is a state representative from Charlotte, said lawmakers are ready to see what they can do.
"We need to make sure that's something. If there's something we can do to help people, we should, because that's been a disaster," she said.
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