Former Cornelius commissioner criticizes north Meck officials over response to revaluation
Published: August 13, 2012
Time posted: 12:45 pm
Former Cornelius Commissioner Jim Bensman is making waves in northern Mecklenburg County, and they have nothing to do with Lake Norman.
Corneliusnews.net has posted what it says is a letter Bensman wrote to the mayors and commissioners for the three towns in the northern part of the county, calling on them to get involved in the contentious 2011 Mecklenburg County property tax revaluation.
After reminding the elected officials in Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville that residents have been complaining about land-value errors, a lack of information and poor treatment by the county’s Board of Equalization and Review, Bensman asks, point-blank: “So what are you going to do about this?”
Bensman continues, mincing no words:
“There has been complete public silence from Huntersville and Davidson, a letter and poorly delivered resolution from Cornelius. That’s it! Meanwhile, each town is basking in a flood of higher tax revenues mainly due to the invalid increases in property values determined by the County Assessor.
“We have appeared at Town Board meetings multiple times, talked to many of you individually and pleaded for support for this effort. Instead, almost nothing. This is plainly unacceptable. You have a duty to stand up for the rights of your residents!”
Bensman, in the letter, then comes up with nine suggestions for ways in which the towns’ elected officials could get involved.
Tony Brown can be reached at email@example.com.