Mecklenburg County commissioners want to see the full scope of how many major errors took place in the 2011 property tax revaluation before moving forward to fix problems.
That was the message Tuesday, Nov. 27, when board members gathered to continue discussions on what fixes, if any, to make regarding high property taxes.
The board hired Pearson’s Appraisal Service earlier this year to review the much-maligned revaluation after a number of extreme property tax increases caused an uproar among residents.
The board split down party lines when voting on whether to push the state legislature to allow Mecklenburg County to give tax rebates to people who paid too much, opting to continue looking at the issue before meeting in a few months.
The revaluation review targeted a number of neighborhoods where values changed dramatically between the last revaluation, in 2003, and last year’s process. It also looked at a number of random neighborhoods.
Pearson’s found nearly 50 neighborhoods with either minor or major errors in their review of randomly selected neighborhoods, noting those numbers came from a sample size of roughly 15 percent of the properties included in the revaluation.
Of those 50 neighborhoods, a number are in Matthews and Mint Hill. An additional 52 neighborhoods were reviewed that saw the largest increase in tax, with nearly 40 seeing minor or major problems.
• Neighborhoods from both categories with major problems included Mint Hill’s Wilson Woods, Providence Plantation in Matthews and the Crownpoint office area just outside Matthews near the intersection of Monroe Road and Sardis Road North. It may be some time before the county decides what to do with these “major” neighborhoods, as no definite answer came out of Tuesday’s meeting. Future meetings will be held once Pearson’s does more work and newly elected commission members are sworn in next week.
• Neighborhoods with minor problems included Mint Hill’s Ellington Farm and Glencroft and the Sardis Road North area near Matthews. Commissioners may start work to help get these neighborhoods’ property taxes closer to where they should be, according to the review, at a point in the near future.
Mint Hill Mayor Ted Biggers says he hasn’t received any specific complaints from residents of subdivisions the Pearson’s company survey identified as having problems but knows the struggle from personal experience.
Biggers appealed the 2011 revaluation of his home and lost – twice. Now, he’s waiting to see what county commissioners decide before exploring other options.
“I believe my house is way overvalued for tax values,” he said. “When I got my new value I was like ‘Wow. How could that be?’ I filed an appeal and was turned down and I filed again and was turned down a second time. I’m certainly sympathetic to people who think their homes are overvalued.”