CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Local attorneys have decided to team up to help Mecklenburg County property owners appeal their property revaluations. The county assessors office says revaluation notices will be sent out to property owners in the next couple of weeks.
Larry Shaheen and Bob McIntosh announced the formation of Carolina Revaluation Services to answer homeowners' questions when they receive those notices.
“It’s important that you appeal this year so that you see savings immediately,” Shaheen said.
The new values don’t indicate what the property tax will be but instead the amount of taxable value the property has. The 2011 revaluation process was roundly criticized, largely because of the bogged down appeal process.
“The only value that you can affect change on is the tax value and this is your opportunity to do so,” McIntosh said.
Residential property values are expected to jump and average of 40 percent and commercial properties more than 70 percent on average. Property owners will receive a form to file an informal review for their property and hearings in front of the Board of Equalization and Review will begin May 20th.
County Assessor Ken Joyner says 2019 will not be a repeat of 2011.
“It’s going to be a new day in Mecklenburg county, it’s not going to be 2011,” Joyner said.
Joyner says there’s no requirement for legal representation and they’ve tried to simplify the process so homeowners could appeal their new value on their own.
“We want the process to be easy, open and hopefully friendly,” Joyner said.
Joyner notes the county implemented a new software in August of 2017 that should alleviate many of the concerns of 2011 and make appealing and gathering evidence easier. The burden to prove a different value lies on property owners, which is why Shaheen says people might want to consider an attorney for an appeal.
“You want to make sure that you find someone who’s going to be able help you understand the process, help you understand what’s admissible, help you understand what the burden is,” Shaheeen said.
County Board of Commissioners Chair George Dunlap says people should not overreact to their values because the tax rate won’t be determined until later this summer when the commission determines the budget.
“My hope is that we will be able to adjust the tax rate in such a way that people won’t feel the total increase of their revaluation,” Dunlap said.
As more people move to Mecklenburg County he says the budget inevitably increases. How much depends on the services residents want to see.
“Once we determine what that cost is the comission has several options, we can determine that we want to incur all of that cost, we can do it incrementally, there’s a lot of ways for us to deal with what those concerns are,” Dunlap said.