• Commissioners discuss how to fix revaluation problem

    By: Jim Bradley


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A day after county commissioners were given a troubling report on chronic inaccuracies within the latest property revaluation, there's new talk about how to fix the problem.

    “The key is understanding what we can do within the confines of current state law,” said Harold Cogdell, commission chairman.

    Cogdell said county lawyers are talking about that and trying to determine if neighborhoods identified as having major inaccuracies can have their values adjusted quickly without an entire new county revaluation.

    If it's legal, Cogdell said he supports a quick remedy.

    “On my part yes, if state law permits us to make some adjustments to the inequities that have been identified, I for one would like to see that occur,” he said.

    It's what many homeowners who've complained about skyrocketing tax values hope happens and soon.

     “Our taxes went up from like $900 to $2,500,” said Kristina Richardson, a homeowner in the North Davidson community.

    Richardson is hoping for some relief.

    “Rebate, refund,” she said.

    “You'd like to get some of that money back?” Eyewitness News asked.

    “Absolutely,” Richardson said.

    Whether that's a realistic possibility is still up in the air.  Cogdell said he's now waiting for opinions from the county's lawyers and manager.

    “For anxious homeowners right now, what do you say to them?” Eyewitness News asked.

    “Stay tuned,” Cogdell said.

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