Mar 27, 2023 - Real Estate

How to appeal your new home valuation in Mecklenburg County

Photo: Bri Crane/Axios

You don’t need an attorney or a sophisticated understanding of property taxes to argue down the new valuation of your home in Mecklenburg County.

Why it matters: A higher valuation on your home could mean a much higher tax bill. It’s possible to appeal your new valuation — but plenty of people don’t know that (or don’t know how to).

What’s happening: On March 17, the county posted and mailed out new valuations for all properties. You can find your property’s value here.

  • Property assessments have increased an average of 52% in Mecklenburg County, per the tax assessor’s office.
  • That includes a 59% residential median increase and 42% commercial median increase.
  • This revaluation updates values from a 2019 market (the time of the last revaluation) to a 2023 market.

Of note: There are two ways to appeal.

  • An “informal” appeal includes the homeowner and assessor reviewing the new valuation together without having to file a formal appeal, per the county.
  • A formal appeal can take longer. It is reviewed by the Board of Equalization and Review, a board of citizen volunteers who hear appeals on new property values.

Filing online: If you believe your valuation is incorrect, you can file an informal review online.

  • You’ll be prompted to create an account with a password.
  • Be prepared to provide supporting information for your appeal, such as incorrect square footage, or the fact that other similar properties like yours have recently sold in a different price range.
  • You may need to provide documentation to support your request, or share comparable sales in your area.
  • The appraiser has four weeks to respond once you’ve filed your informal appeal.
  • More info here.
When you search for your new home value, click “file an informal review” if you want to appeal. Screenshot of SouthPark mall’s valuation via Mecklenburg County.

Alternatively, you can skip the informal review and issue a formal appeal using the county’s Formal Appeal Form.

  • The form can be emailed, mailed or submitted in person. More info here.
  • The last day you can appeal your valuation to the Board of Equalization and Review is June 9.

In-person resources: For anyone who still has questions about the process, the assessor’s office has scheduled two Property Tax Resource Fairs to speak with residents about their new values and options for possible property tax relief.

Saturday, April 1
9-11am
Valerie C. Woodard Conference Center, 3205 Freedom Dr.

Saturday, April 15
9-11am
Eastway Regional Recreation Center, 3150 Eastway Park Dr.

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