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Time Running Out to Appeal Tax Revaluations

Posted December 18, 2007

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— Time is running out to appeal your property tax revaluation. The deadline to file is Wednesday in Durham County. For Wake County residents, it is Jan. 1.

Wallace Reed has owned his property for 40 years, and this year it is worth a lot more money.

“It doesn't usually go up this much, that’s the main thing,” Reed said.

Property revaluations caused home values to increase an average 38 percent in Wake County.

In certain areas, values went up by as much as 73 percent. Reed is one of the many homeowners who have considered filing an appeal.

“It ran through my mind," he said.

So far, 8,300 property owners in Wake County and 3300 in Durham County have appealed. By the deadline, more than 25,000 appeals are expected to be filed.

Appraisers said they are seeing a spike in people wanting their services.

“We didn't get nearly the calls eight years ago that we're getting now,” Skip Granberry, vice president of Dodd & Associates, Inc.

Wake County revenue director Emmett Curl said the reason is that there are more people in the Triangle.

"In the years 2000 to 2008, we have added 90,000 homes in this jurisdiction," Curl said.

You don't have to hire an appraiser to appeal your home's revaluation. You just need to fill out the appropriate paperwork. Call 560-0300 to appeal in Durham County and 856-5400 in Wake County.

Curl said that once all the appeals come in, his staff will review them before making a revised revaluation next spring.

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  • starglow2005 Dec 19, 2007

    Increased land values is what caused the biggest jump in the market valued price, not so much the house that's sitting on it.

    Google Wake County Property Tax Records.... go to the site and type in your street name, which will pull up a list of all the properties on your street. You can then see the property values, current year, and next year's tax bills for your property as well as your neighbors. Do your own comparison from there.

    The average tax bill increase for most properties on my street is between $60-$85 on average, which is less than what I expected it to be. Do your research before filing an appeal... but don't expect a two year old appraisal to carry much weight in the appeal process.

    Good luck to those who choose to appeal.... be ready to prove your case if you expect to win.

  • ncvaluer Dec 19, 2007

    The current slump in the market won't affect Wake County's values until 2016 if they keep the same 8 year cycle. Their values were probably complete during the highest market a year ago. Also, the increase is over an 8 YEAR PERIOD.

  • ncvaluer Dec 19, 2007

    Steve,
    If you want to file an appeal, you are appealing the VALUE of the property and not the tax bill. They are totally separate. If you wait to appeal until after you see the tax bill it will be too late.

  • WFrules Dec 19, 2007

    We appealed!

  • WFrules Dec 19, 2007

    ecu4ever: In Wake Forest you'll pay that much/month average!

  • ecu4ever Dec 19, 2007

    I've got a question to ask everybody that's somewhat related to this story...I received a notice in the mail yesterday that the utility company that provides my neighborhood with water wants to raise sewer rates from $30 a month to $54 a month and also increase the water usage fees (but not quite so drastic). An average bill for my household would increase from around $45 a month total to $75 a month. How does $75 a month for water compare to what others in Wake Co. are paying?

  • TruthBKnown Dec 19, 2007

    Then there needs to be a class-action lawsuit. Sometimes that is the only way to get government agencies to act on something.

  • houndsforme Dec 19, 2007

    We purchased a house in Johnston County in August of 2002. About two months later we recieved a property tax reassesment on the home that valued it at $6,000 more than what we had just paid for it. I protested the increase but only because when I pulled the increases for the houses around me, they all had significant differences in the percentage increase. The range was about 11% to 23%. Anyway, when I met with the committee overseeing the protest they thanked me for my well thought out case against the increase and then politely told me there would be no change. I suspect those protesting in Wake will recieve the same response.

  • talkabout Dec 19, 2007

    They should include a CHECK with that appraisal. If the Govt is saying my home is worth 38% MORE now than 6 months ago....SHOW ME THE MONEY. Offer to BUY my home at that inflated rate. heck, I'll sell it for that much and you can KEEP your shady tax collection process.

  • TruthBKnown Dec 19, 2007

    I think they rushed this because of the slumping housing market. It just a way to get an extreme tax increase in before the bubble bursts even more. It's a shady thing to do, if you ask me. They increased my property's value to top dollar, which I don't think it is worth. In the coming months, I think it will surely be worth less.

    I will be filing an appeal.

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