Updated: 6:28 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2011 | Posted: 12:52 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Thousands Appeal New Property Values
MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. —
Douglas Harris almost missed it. He didn't know that he would be appealing his Mecklenburg County tax revaluation until someone pointed out on Monday that his new tax value was based on his house being two stories, when it's actually only one.
Monday was the last day to appeal the revaluation.
“We said, ‘Uh-oh.’ That and, ‘We've got to take pictures of our attic and come down here,’" Harris said at the Tax Assessor's Office on Monday.
He was one of dozens of homeowners who stood in line to file their appeals in the final hours.
County officials said more than 30,000 people have appealed their new assessments, which is more than 10 percent of all of the homes that were revalued.
"That's not a surprise though. We were expecting it," said Chuck Hicks, a manager at the Assessor's Office.
Hicks said it would take several weeks to work through the appeals, many of them based on a slow real estate market.
Sandy Kelly had spent Monday collecting information about other home sales in her neighborhood to bolster her case.
"It was hard to find comps. A lot of places haven't sold and then some have been renovated and some haven't," Kelly said moments before she filed her appeal.
The office is accepting appeals online and by fax until midnight Monday. They will also accept any written appeals postmarked by midnight Monday.
Mecklenburg County Assessor's Office P.O. Box 31127 Charlotte, N.C. 28231