As of last Monday, a total of 814 informal appeals have been received as part of the 2019 revaluation for McDowell County. And workers who are helping the county with hearing these appeals will start doing field reviews this Monday.
The McDowell County Commissioners heard an update about the revaluation process during their regular monthly meeting on Monday of last week. Tim Cain with Assessment Solutions of NC, the outside consultant for the revaluation, and County Assessor Tammy Wylie gave the board the latest news regarding the process.
Cain said as of Monday, March 11, 814 total appeals have been received from taxpayers and property owners. Of those, 18 percent were received through the mail and 22 percent came in online. Only 5 percent were people who walked in at the County Administration Building. But the majority of the informal appeals, 55 percent, were received over the phone.
Cain said this number (2.53 percent) is less than the projected number (3 percent) after one week. But he said the weekend’s mail will make up a portion of that difference.
“We anticipate 5 to 6 percent informal appeal rate for the duration,” he said to the commissioners. “Typically, a third to a half are received during the first full week.”
A section of the second floor lobby in the County Administration Building has been set aside for people who wish to appeal their new values in person. A sign on the building’s doors lets the public know where they can go for the appeals.
The contracted company will maintain a local phone number that is published on the value notices and maintain an online web presence, including links to the county’s tax and GIS sections.
Field reviews will begin on Monday, March 18, rain or shine. Contracted workers with Assessment Solutions and county appraisers will inspect the properties for which the values are being appealed. They will wear orange vests identifying who they are and their vehicles will have magnetic stickers as further identification.
“We’re bringing in four teams of folks, who will be joined by two county appraisers,” said Cain to The McDowell News. “All will be wearing the vests and all vehicles will have two of the decals.”
He added he is hopeful that they can begin in the southeast part of the county and work clockwise, ending in Marion.
County staff and workers with Assessment Solutions will accept informal appeals through Friday March 29, and hope to have new values mailed during the week of April 15. Any appeals received after that time will be handled as formal appeals. That means if any property owners are still not satisfied, then they will have to make a formal appeal to the Board of Equalization and Review, which is the county commissioners. The Board of E & R will begin hearings on April 23.