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Posted: 6:05 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Channel 9 hopes to learn more about a plan to reimburse thousands of homeowners who are paying too much on their taxes.The state is doing its part to try to help with the process by trying to change a law to allow that to happen.A new bill is making its way through the House and Senate that will allow counties to refund money to homeowners whose houses were overvalued during the 2011 revaluation.The bill would require Mecklenburg County to correct inaccuracies in its property tax database and retroactively change appraisals from 2011.The new bills come after more than a year of complaints from thousands of homeowners. The mistake was discovered after the county hired an independent agency to investigate. View the agency's report here.The bill will put the value of homes back where they would have been in 2011 had the revaluation been done correctly, but it will take some time.“The biggest issue is going to be updating and cleaning tax records on all of the properties in the county,” said Mecklenburg County Sen. Jeff Tarte.The county acknowledges the fix will be expensive, though it doesn't have an exact dollar figure. It’s also unclear when people can expect to receive their reimbursement checks. It could be years.
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