Some people in Myers Park said the revaluation process impacted more than their home values.
It also left them with higher land values than they should have. Now, the group of residents is fighting back and said the battle could affect every homeowner in Mecklenburg County.
Queens Road West is one of Charlotte’s signature streets, twisting under a majestic cathedral of oaks in the heart of the Myers Park neighborhood.
But there is a not-so-quiet rebellion brewing over the new land values.
“I feel as though I’ve been unjustly overtaxed,” said Kathy Davis, who lives in the neighborhood.
Davis said the county did not follow its own rules when it set the exact same land values for most of the lots on Queens Road West last year. The values did not take into account traffic, lot size and other factors, she said.
Neighbor Bert Robinson’s third of an acre lot was valued at $831,000.
To make her point, Davis pulled out a map she got from the county and compared Robinson’s lot to another that sits on the Myers Park golf course and is six times as big as Robinson’s.
“And down here, those have the exact same land value: $831,300,” she said.
David Vance, the county’s real estate division manager, said there may be places where they need to review due to complaints, but he does not believe there is a problem with how the county determined those values.
“We’re not trying to be unfair. We have no vested interest in anyone’s property,” he said. “If there was a process flaw, I think it would have raised its head before now.”
But that is what Davis believes happened, and why she said the neighborhood’s fight is much bigger than Queens Road West.
“What happened here in Myers Park has happened elsewhere in the county, so these issues are relevant to everyone,” she said.
Residents can appeal their Mecklenburg County case to the state’s property tax commission.
However, many people in Myers Park believe the county should fix it. The group’s next step is to take their case to county commissioners.