Mecklenburg commissioners postpone reval vote, may grant refunds

Mecklenburg commissioners postpone reval vote, may grant refunds

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 12:51 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 21 at 1:00 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners decided to postpone its vote on County Manager Harry Jones revaluation recommendations until next week.

Commissioners claimed there were still too many unanswered questions about what the Board has the power to do and how to make the process fair to all Mecklenburg County residents. Several claimed they needed more time to finely go through the ramifications of the review.

Taxpayers attending the meeting, most from the Cornelius area, told the Board they wanted a complete "re-do" of the 2011 revaluation. Jones' recommendation only reworks the process to correct mistakes and prevent them from happening in the future.

Homeowners also want refunds for the extra property taxes paid over the past year. Board members echoed the desire, but don't actually have the power to make that happen.

Commissioners pointed out that both refunds and a re-do would be dependent on state legislation. Even then, they weren't sure if or how that would happen.

After several hours of heated discussion, the Board agreed to postpone the vote until next Tuesday.

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