The County is moving to a four-year revaluation cycle and studying how to get to a two-year cycle.
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Revaluation is a process where all property (land and buildings) within a taxing jurisdiction (in this case Mecklenburg County) is revalued to its current market value as of an established date. State law requires the County to conduct a property revaluation at least every eight years to determine its market value.
All property (homes, commercial and land) is visited and observed by a County Assessor to:
Property taxes are based on property values. Without periodic revaluations, some property owners would pay more than their share of property tax while others would pay less. Revaluations reset property tax values to their current market value so that the property tax burden is spread fairly among all taxpayers
Revaluation and taxation are separate. Revaluation determines the market value. The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and Town of Cornelius determine tax rates during the annual budget process in late spring. Budgets will be adopted by June 30, 2019. The value of your property combined with the tax rate determines your property tax bill, which is mailed in late July. The County makes up the majority portion of the taxes you pay (76.4%), and the Town of Cornelius is the balance (23.6%).
Assessor's Office staff are certified to perform property revaluations by the NC Department of Revenue. They are well-trained with decades of experience. Appraisers must meet certification requirements. The Assessor's Office also has an internal quality control division that monitors all aspects of the process.
Revaluation is required by state law and is supported by 75,000 sales across the County. The County and Town will publish a revenue neutral tax rate for review during the budget cycle this spring.
These were mailed to Mecklenburg County property owners beginning Jan. 23, 2019. Values are available online.
Look up your real estate property value (https://property.spatialest.com/nc/mecklenburg). Type in your parcel number, your full name, or the address printed on your Notice of 2019 Real Estate Assessed Value. When the result appears, select your property to review the information we have on file. If you notice any of this information is incorrect, please email AssessorQuestions@MeckNC.gov or call us at 980-314-4226.
If you feel that your property value is too high or too low, now is the time to communicate with the County Assessor’s Office. Contact the office online (https://property.spatialest.com/nc/mecklenburg), by phone (980-314-4226), by mail or in person (Valerie C. Woodard Center, 3205 Freedom Drive, Suite 3500, Charlotte, NC, 28208). The sooner you contact the Assessor’s Office, the better.
The total listed under "Deferred Amount" applies to property that is agricultural, horticultural and forestry related.
Your property value will be adjusted based on what was completed as of Jan. 1, 2019. This method also applies to new additions to existing buildings, outbuildings and detached structures. All improvements started after Jan. 1, 2019 will be valued using the same Uniform Schedule of Values applied to property built prior to that date.
Yes, the assessed value could change if new construction or a change in zoning occurs. When that happens, market value is adjusted using the rates developed for the most recent year. For example, if a house is built in 2018 on a lot that was vacant in 2016, the new house and lot will be appraised using 2016 market values, as approved in the Uniform Schedule of Values.
Once you receive your Notice of 2019 Real Estate Assessed Value in late January, you have a couple of options if you disagree with your value:
After you receive your Notice of 2019 Real Estate Assessed Value, you can file a Formal Appeal online or with a paper form before May 20, 2019.
Your appeal will be sent to the Board of Equalization and Review (BER). You can file a Formal Appeal until May 20, 2019. After your appeal is heard by the BER, you will receive written notification of your property value in the mail. If you disagree with the BER's decision, you have 30 days to file an appeal with the N.C. Property Tax Commission in Raleigh. Instructions on how to appeal to the N.C. Property Tax Commission will be provided in the letter you receive from the BER.
Informal reviews could take anywhere from 30-120 days and largely depend on how many appeals are filed in a given neighborhood. If there are multiple appeals in a particular neighborhood, then the process may take longer. The County Assessor will respond to appeals as quickly as possible.
You can appear in person before the Board of Equalization and Review (BER), but it is not required. If you are unable to attend on the date and time set, your case will still be heard. The BER will review all submitted documentation regarding your case and mail you a decision.