Unfair tax bills have people furious

Unfair tax bills have people furious

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by BILL MCGINTY / NewsChannel 36

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 12:17 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 13 at 5:22 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The neighborhood of Camp Greene was being built when Jimmy Carter was President and when the crisis of the day was gas, not housing.

Today people living in Camp Greene near Barringer Drive in Charlotte say there is a crisis being shared by all, and it’s their property tax bills.  One resident named Stephanie, (she doesn’t want her last name used) told Newschannel 36 she has been robbed three times and her car was stolen last March, yet her taxes went up 12 percent. 

Stephanie doesn’t understand how that is possible given the crime and the almost 12 abandoned homes on the street.

Newschannel 36 took Stephanie’s concerns to Eric Anderson, the Deputy Director of Property Tax Assessment, who says the tax bill is based on the tax rate and the value of homes being sold in those areas.  Anderson says the up and down of property values is the reason some neighborhoods see taxes go up and others see them go down, despite crime and abandoned homes.

In the Shannon Park area, homeowner Brad Floyd complained that his home was valued too high by the city which meant he’d be paying more in property taxes.  In a recent check of property sales in Brad’s neighborhood, Newschannel 36 found one home that sold for $12,000 and another that sold for $97,000 with an average of $50,000.  Brad’s home is valued at $81,400.

Real Estate Agent Scott Lindsley says it is worth looking into if you think your property is overvalued by the city.  To file for an appeal with the Board of Adjustment, please click here for the information you will need to present.

At the end of the day, the Property Tax Assessment office says crime and foreclosed homes in your neighborhood doesn’t matter if other people are overlooking those factors and buying homes for high values in spite of those circumstances.

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