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Meck Co. homeowners will not get refunds from flawed revaluations

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Mecklenburg County Commissioners want to know what would happen if they sought legislation that could lead to property owners getting refunds because of the controversial 2011 revaluation.

Commissioners have asked the County Attorney to consult with N. C School of Government, N. C. Department of Revenue, NC Assessors Association, the City of Charlotte, and all Mecklenburg County "regarding the legality, implications and consequences of any possible state legislation authorizing retroactive property appraisals back to January 1, 2011 to eliminate inequities identified in the Pearson's report that would include issues of resulting taxpayer reimbursement and taxpayer levies".

County Commissioners want an answer within two months.

Commissioners spent about two hours discussing what steps to take after Pearson's Appraisal Service issued a report that showed its review of dozens of random neighborhoods uncovered some major problems of inequity in some neighborhoods. Some properties were overvalued while others were undervalued.

Pearson's review found residents believed no one listened to their concerns or appeals.

"The main issue here is equity. Some are going to need to go up and some are going to need to come down," said resident Kathy Davis.

County Commissioners today agreed to remove current members of the Board of Equalization and Review, which is responsible for formal appeals of property values.

County Commissioners will extend Pearson's contract and identify all other neighborhoods where there may be issues of inequity. It's estimated this additional review could cost the county about $180,000.00 and take three months to complete.

The board also gave County Manager Harry Jones the go ahead a General Manager to oversee day to day operations of the Assessor's Office.

County staff, working with Pearson's Appraisal, will tackle ‘minor issues' that Pearson's found in some neighborhoods.

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