A handful of area neighborhoods will soon have their property values reviewed as Mecklenburg County continues to fix a flawed 2011 property revaluation.
Ken Joyner, the new Mecklenburg County tax assessor, was in Matthews on Monday, Jan. 27, giving the Matthews Board of Commissioners an update on the review. A number of area neighborhoods will be reviewed in March, Joyner said, as Pearsons Appraisal Services, who was hired by the county to do the new revaluations, makes its way down a long list of county neighborhoods, which includes about 360,000 parcels.
Pearsons is reviewing about 19,000 parcels this month, and so far, new recommended values have increased, decreased and even stayed the same – that’s what Joyner hopes to get across to residents, that not every review will result in seeing lower property taxes.
“One of the things I’m trying to let people know is that not all values will go down,” he said. “There were parcels with additions, renovations” that weren’t accounted for. “At least in one case, there was a home not even showing on the records. It’s not all going to be refunds.”
The county saw more than 11,000 appeals of the 2011 revaluation, an overwhelming number that left the assessor’s office in disarray, as the office was just unprepared for the feedback and unable to respond in a timely fashion, Joyner, who was hired by the county last October, said. Now, after what’s been a sometimes-frustrating experience for many area residents who feel their evaluations are incorrect, Joyner hopes to finally get some answers. Pearsons, with the help of Joyner’s staff, is hoping to have the project completed by February 2015, a big undertaking, he said, adding Pearsons plans to review more than 25,000 parcels per month to complete the review in time.
“We’re hoping to have about 80,000 parcels by March and April,” Joyner said. Some neighborhoods in Matthews and Mint Hill, including Brighton Park and Versage will be reviewed in May. Glencroft, the Idlewild/Lawyers corridor, Lebanon Road, Olde Sycamore, Oxfordshire, Southwood and Wynchase all will be reviewed sometime this summer. Other neighborhoods in the area will most likely be reviewed late this year in November and December, according to Pearsons’ plan.
Find the full plan, which outlines neighborhood review dates, on the county assessors office website at www.charmeck.org. Brochures explaining the revaluation process also will be available at the Matthews town hall, 232 Matthews Station St.
“I can tell you from having worked on appeals and appraisals previously, revaluations are never perfect, but what you have to be able to do is respond and work with citizens,” Joyner said. “The next revaluation, we’ll be ready to respond – not only making sure the correct values are out there, but also making sure we are responding to residents.”