CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Residents of Mecklenburg County recently received their new property tax revaluations, and many were surprised by the number they saw.
“What can you do? Try to pay it or move out,” said Buford Harbell, a Charlotte resident who has lived in his home for 30 years.
He says his home’s tax value doubled with the latest revaluation.
“It’s hard on a person with fixed income, like me and my wife. And I’m 79 years old,” said Harbell.
But there is a new pilot program is called Aging In Place that could provide some tax relief for you.
Some Charlotte residents 65-years-old who had their property value jump up with this latest revaluation are eligible to apply for grants to help pay their increasing tax bill.
If you’re not over 65, there is still a way you can appeal your revaluations and possibly save tax money on your home value.
“At this point those values are still in a process that we can make changes if there is something that needs to be changed,” said Ken Joyner, the Mecklenburg County Assessor.
Changes to property taxes for folks in Mecklenburg County were sent out to residents in January, 2019, for the first time in 8 years.
“There’s a lot of anxiety,” said County Commissioner Mark Jerrell. "[For some of] our seniors, a lot of them are on fixed incomes, their [home] values have skyrocketed and they have no control over it.
The gap in years since the last valuation is being acknowledged as a factor in the steep increase in values.
“When you think about the last 8 years, in 2011 we were going through a very deep recession, the entire country was,"said Joyner. "In Mecklenburg County now we see numerous years of growth and our market is at a very different point.”
The market is one thing tax assessors took into account when revaluing resident’s homes. They look at sales of properties in the neighborhood to decide on new values, as well as things like the home’s square footage to determine a new valuation.
But if you think the assessors missed the mark with your home’s new valuation, you can appeal the decision.
"Make sure we got the information correct,” said Joyner.
You can review your revaluation information here to make sure the county assessor got your square footage and home specifics correct when assessing.
You can request to meet with an assessor and appeal the revaluation here if you think the assessors missed something.
If you are over 65 and are worried about being able to keep your home because of tax increases, you may qualify for some relief.
“Affordable housing and aging in place are high priorities for the county," said Neal Dixon, the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector.
The Aging in Place Pilot Program funded by Charlotte City Council gives grants to Charlotte seniors who make more than $30,200 and less than 80% of the Area Median Income.
Grants will be from $100 to $1,000.
“Applicants must demonstrate that ownership is threatened by a significant financial burden incurred by a tax increase," said Dixon.
The County Assessor’s Office is having listening sessions throughout the month of February if you want to ask questions about your tax valuation in person. If you have questions about other forms of tax relief, you can check them here.
If you want to apply for the Aging in Place Program, contact the City Housing and Neighborhood Services Department. You can reach them at www.CharlotteNC.gov/Housing, by calling 704.336.3380 or by emailing hnsinfo@CharlotteNC.gov.