The next chapter in the saga of the 2011 Mecklenburg County property tax revaluation began Monday when the Board of County Commissioners approved up to $1.7 million for Pearson’s Appraisal Services to identify and help fix major assessment errors in the county’s 1,300 neighborhoods.
CHARLOTTE — Attention, property owners: The findings of an investigation into the controversial 2011 Mecklenburg County revaluation will be revealed at 3 p.m. Tuesday. After 15 weeks of holding community meetings and examining hundreds of revaluation cases, officials at Pearson’s Appraisal Services will present a summary of their findings at a county Board of Commissioners [...]
There’s no shortage of property owners upset over Mecklenburg County’s latest revaluation. But one group of homeowners in the northern town of Cornelius might just be more vocal, and organized, than most. “I’ve never seen such anger and frustration in all my years in office,” Cornelius Commissioner Jim Bensman said. Most of the upset homeowners [...]
For those who don’t consider the community value of local parks priceless, The Trust for Public Land has put a dollar value on Mecklenburg County’s parks, recreation centers and greenways: approximately $985 million. In 2009, the assets that fall under the county’s Park and Recreation Department brought $8.2 million to the county and $28 million [...]
Thanks to budget shortfalls, Mecklenburg County facilities, such as recreation centers, libraries and schools, have found themselves on the chopping block. In some neighborhoods, though, the impact is worse than in others. Some communities are losing multiple facilities, which could hurt real estate values and quality of life in those areas. “It’s extremely unfortunate, and [...]
In June 2009, Mecklenburg County and the city of Charlotte were allocated $57.8 million in federal bond money to help businesses fund capital projects and jump-start the local economy. Despite the availability of that funding – Recovery Zone Facility Bonds, provided through the federal stimulus plan – only two businesses have applied for the county’s [...]
With Mecklenburg County’s unemployment rate at 10.5 percent and the economy still sluggish, it’s no wonder that nearly all candidates in the upcoming Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners races have vowed to make the economy their No. 1 priority if they take office. But experts suggest that such promises may be easier said than done. [...]
(Editor's note: The following is part of The Mecklenburg Times' coverage of the Nov. 2 elections.)