Mecklenburg County Assessor Resigns Amid Revaluation Issues
CHARLOTTE, N.C.--The Mecklenburg County Assessor Garrett Alexander has resigned amid the county's 2011 revaluation issues. The announcement came out Tuesday night as commissioners discussed possible fixes.
The outside group hired to review what went wrong mostly focused on how to make future revaluations easier and simpler.
One suggestion made by County Manager Harry Jones is to hire Pearson's Appraisal and have them identify and rework neighborhoods with major issues of inequity but several residents want a redo.
Some residents went further by suggesting people get their overcharged property tax money back.
In the end, commissioners didn't take action. Instead, they will discuss all of the recommendations presented and vote on them next Tuesday.
Beyond the revaluation fiasco that cost taxpayers millions of dollars, here are other ways County Assessor Garrett Alexander and his office didn't comply with state law:
Staff was suppose to follow the schedules of values when taxing porches, instead the amounts were set higher.
By law, if homeowners requested on-site inspections to verify property records, they were suppose to send an appraiser out. Instead, they kept telling residents no, until pressed further.
Also, the assessor's staff told homeowners wanting to appeal that they needed an attorney, which is not true.