A possible “do-over” of Mecklenburg County’s flawed 2011 property revaluation moved another step closer to reality this week. The state Senate in Raleigh on Thursday unanimously approved a bill that would require Mecklenburg County to correct problems with 2011 property revaluation, and issue refunds or new bills to property owners whose property values are revised.
Senate Bill 159 passed 48-0 on Thursday morning, with two senators absent. The issue now moves on to the House of Representatives, where House Bill 200 currently awaits committee action.
Sen. Jeff Tarte (R-Cornelius) and state Rep. Bill Brawley (R-Matthews) introduced the bills earlier this month.
In an announcement Friday, Tarte said the passage is “fantastic news for everyone in Mecklenburg County who is suffering from their overvalued property revaluations.”
Tarte’s announcement on Friday also included a request for donations to the new Senator’s campaign war chest, and warned that he could face a well-funded Democratic challenger in the next election in two years.
Pearson’s Appraisal Service, a consultant hired by the Mecklenburg County Commission last year found flaws with the revaluation – including a lack of equity in appraisals within neighborhoods. Critics have been demanding refunds for property owners who were overcharged.
But the county needed legislation to allow refunds, which are not allowed under the state law governing revaluations. County Commissioners in February voted to support passage of a bill to make refunds legal. And on March 4, Tarte and Brawley introduced their bills.
Meanwhile, Pearson’s Appraisal Service is conducting an expanded review of the 2011 revaluation, to find other neighborhoods with big inequities in property values.
RELATED COVERAGE & LINKS
House Bill 200 information page on NCLeg.net
Senate Bill 159 information page on NCLeg.net
See all past coverage of the revaluation issue on CorneliusNews.net.