Some residents getting tax refunds, Mint Hill logs more appeals than Matthews
Hundreds of residents in Matthews and Mint Hill have already received tax refunds after appealing the results of a 2011 revaluation which left them paying higher property taxes.
Mecklenburg County received 59,331 appeals. Of those, 1,568 were from Matthews residents and 1,807 were from Mint Hill residents.
So far, the Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor’s Office has heard 50,361 countywide appeals on a case-by-case basis. Of those cases, 1,383 were filed by Matthews residents and 1,629 were filed by Mint Hill residents, according to county records.
The county has granted tax refunds to 386 Matthews residents and 475 Mint Hill residents, denying 823 appeals from Matthews and 885 from Mint Hill. As of July 18, the county has given a total of $68,335,848 in revaluation-related tax refunds to those who’ve appealed Matthews property taxes and $33,039,585 to those who’ve appealed taxes in Mint Hill, according to county records.
The county still needs to hear 203 appeals from Matthews and 178 from Mint Hill. How long it will take officials to hear the remaining appeals is “unknown,” Roger Kortekaas, senior public information specialist with Mecklenburg County, said in an email.
Since receiving the assessments from the 2011 property tax revaluation, residents from across the county have been outraged, arguing that the county’s tax assessor’s office and appraisers didn’t know what they were doing when they revalued the properties, or that their methods gave unfair advantages to some property owners.
Residents challenged the revaluation, claiming there was no way their property value could have increased by such a margin during the recession. The majority of the charge to review the process came from homeowners in the Lake Norman area, and the area’s county commissioner, Karen Bentley. The tax assessor’s office countered the argument, claiming the value increased because the last revaluation took place in 2003 and property values did increase over those eight years, despite the recession and a poor housing market.
However, county commissioners voted in May to review the revaluation and agreed to hear appeals on a case-by-case basis to determine whether there was a revaluation error and, if so, how much the county owes the residents.
After hearing appeals, the tax assessor’s office determined there were errors in the revaluation process and the county owes money to some residents.
Revaluation meeting July 30 in Matthews
Pearson’s Appraisal Services, selected by Mecklenburg County commissioners to conduct an independent review of the 2011 revaluation, will host a meeting in each of the six county commissioners’ districts.
Representatives will brief participants on the review phases and schedule. They also will facilitate discussion on key issues and concerns property owners would like the review to address.
A public meeting will be held in Matthews Monday, July 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Matthews Town Hall, 232 Matthews Station St.
Find more information on the process at the county’s website, http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/AssessorsOffice/Pages/RevaluationReview.aspx.