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Hundreds attend Orange County meeting to speak on tax reassessment

Posted March 3, 2009
Updated March 4, 2009

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— Hundreds attended an Orange County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday to express concern that taxes may go up because property valuations have gone up.

The members of the overflow crowd, who did not get a chance to speak at the monthly meeting, were upset over what the county says their homes are worth.

Tax officials said that overall, homes were worth an average of 23 to 25 percent more than four years ago. In Chapel Hill, the average increase was 28 percent.

The value of living in Orange County has driven home values up, county tax assessor John Smith said.


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  • whatelseisnew Mar 4, 2009

    Well if they do what Wake County did the mil rate will be adjusted for what they claim is revenue neutral. Mysteriously though they will get millions more money as Wake County did.
    Orange County should lower peoples taxes and cut their budget by 25 percent.

  • Tax Man Mar 4, 2009

    I lived in CA for many years - we had a great way of dealing with property taxes. When you bought a house the taxes were set based on what you paid - then, they could only go up 2% per year for as long as you owned the home! That way people can rely on their costs and when the next house sells the county gets more money due to the higher value. Of course it works the other way too, when a house sells for less than the taxes go down! It is FAIR. NC needs to have a similar law to protect folks - imagine if you bought a house 30 years ago and are now retired living on your social security - along comes Mr. Orange County appraiser/tax collector and says you home is worth $400,000 when you only paid $15,000 for it new. Now how are you gonna pay all those big new taxes? You can't, so you must sell your house and maybe even rent. Also, you have not required any additional governmental services so why should you have to pay any more taxes?

  • TheAdmiral Mar 4, 2009

    The peoples republic of Orange County bends the citizens over again.

    If I were living in orange county I would shunt the property over to a church, and leave.

  • Just the facts mam Mar 4, 2009

    I thought the liberals in Orange County loved paying taxes? Oh - that is right - they just want other people to pay more taxes...

  • time4real Mar 4, 2009

    "I really cannot afford the $300-500 cost of an appraisal"

    then pay up brother, the county is counting on folks like you!

  • Raleigh Boys Mar 4, 2009

    The commissioners need to cut back on their wasteful spending. Each have their own office in their homes fully supplied at the tax payer's expense. They could go to offices at the various county offices furnished for them, but instead are catered to like royalty having everything delivered to their homes.

  • 68_polara Mar 4, 2009

    They have to pay for the "free" buses some how. U all elected these big spenders now ante up.

  • GoGreen Mar 4, 2009

    I live in Orange Co. but not near Chapel Hill. It is getting such that one must protest the new appraisal to just stay even. I really cannot afford the $300-500 cost of an appraisal that might save me $150 a year. The only winners there will be in this are those that have a recent appraisal spurred by a purchase or refi and the appraisers themselves.

    Oh, and to the fella' who used to live in Orange County and yada, yada, yada. Orange County says thanks, we are glad you left.

  • showed up late Mar 4, 2009

    They are trying to make up the sales tax lost due to declining consumer spending. In other words, you WILL pay either voluntarily or by force. Gotta love our elected 'representatives'.

  • HappyGirl08 Mar 4, 2009

    Not just Orange Co folks. Chatham as well. Increases were crazy in my neighborhood. I think we are all appealing them but we'll see what happens.