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Alexander Commissioners Discuss Property Revaluation

As the Alexander County Tax Office prepares for the 2023 revaluation, Tax Administrator Doug Fox and Jimmy Tanner with Tanner Valuation Group presented a revaluation update and schedule of values to the Alexander County Board of Commissioners at Monday’s (August 1) meeting. By N.C. General Statute, counties are required to conduct a revaluation at least every eight years.

Fox said there are approximately 25,000 parcels in Alexander County. Of those parcels, about 12,000 have “improvements” such as a house or structure. Tax office staff has been visiting county parcels over the past two years to verify property data. He said this is the tax office’s first in-house parcel review, which would have cost $750,000 if outsourced.

Fox said the reappraised property values will go into effect on January 1, 2023. Tanner said that the goal of a reappraisal is to adjust property tax values to the current market value. Valuation notices are expected to be mailed to all property owners in February or March 2023. They will state the new assessed value as of January 1, 2023. The notice will contain information regarding the appeal process; however, if the property owner believes the value is reasonable and fair, no action is required.

A copy of the schedule of values, standards, and rules is available for public inspection at the tax office and county administration office. A public hearing to discuss the schedule of values will be held at the September 19 meeting of the Board of Commissioners.

In other action at Monday’s Alexander County Board of Education meeting, the September 12 board meeting was rescheduled for September 19. The board approved a project budget ordinance for the Alexander Industrial Park Sewer Project in the amount of $452,330, which is funded by grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the NC Department of Environmental Quality.

The board approved another project budget ordinance for the Rural Transformation Grant “Alexander County – Housing Our Teachers Downtown Revitalization Project” in the amount of $750,000, which is funded by an NC Commerce grant of $650,000 and $100,000 in county funds (more details about this project coming soon). The board also approved three budget amendments.

In the County Manager’s Report, Rick French asked commissioners if they wanted to apply for an NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant for the Bethlehem Park improvements. If awarded, the grant could total as much as $500,000, with a county match of the same amount. The park project is estimated at $1.3 million, so part of the upgrade could be completed while the grant application is submitted. Commissioners asked Mr. French to discuss the project with the engineer, gather some pricing information, and discuss the matter at the September meeting.

[Story courtesy of Rick Gilbert, WACB]