Cornelius Commissioners Object To County Chief's Revaluation Plans

Nov 20, 2012

Cornelius commissioners on Monday approved a resolution expressing dissatisfaction with Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones’s plans for dealing with problems in the county’s 2011 property revaluation. The board also adopted a resolution affirming its rejection of a proposed 108-unit apartment complex at Kenton Place, and got a look at a draft of a new vision for the areas around I-77 Exit 28.


In a vote near the end of their meeting Monday night, commissioners objected to the county manager’s plans to use existing staff to oversee an expansion of an outside firm’s review of the revaluation, and to fix problems found.

Commissioner Dave Gilroy led the board’s discussion of the resolution, which also calls for an outside consultant to oversee improvements in customer service in the assessor’s office and to help plan the next revaluation.

Mr. Gilroy said “there’s a potential conflict” with having existing staff oversee the next steps in the revaluation, since the county manager and assessor’s office have insisted there were no problems with the 2011 property revaluation.

The county hired Pearson’s Appraisal Service of Wilson to conduct an independent review over the past few months, and while the firm found the revaluation overall to be acceptable, it cited flaws in some areas. Those included inequities in some neighborhoods, including those around Lake Norman, and poor customer service in dealing with appeals. Continue reading at