Mecklenburg officials are looking for 15 people to serve on a citizens board that hears formal appeals to property values.
Meanwhile, the county said it will need to reschedule hearings for about 500 appeals that are still lingering from 2012 because the work cant be finished before the current appeals board wraps up its work in early April. New hearing dates are expected to be mailed later this week.
The Board of Equalization and Reviews considers formal challenges to appeals that cant first be resolved through county staff. The board is made up of real estate professionals, including appraisers, Realtors, accountants or attorneys.
County commissioners voted last fall to replace the current board as a way to try to restore confidence after the countys flawed 2011 revaluation.
The county put out a call for new members of the BER last month. The deadline to apply is March 22, and forms can be submitted to http://bit.ly/WEBX5Y.
To qualify, nominees must have lived in the county for at least two years and be knowledgeable of real estate or personal property valuation matters, among other criteria.
Current members of the BER will be allowed to apply for the new board. Right now, there are eight seats filled on the 15-member board.
Board members will serve for three years, and can have no more than two full consecutive terms on the BER.
Commissioners are expected to nominate members for the board at their April 2 meeting then conduct interviews with the hopefuls. Final appointments will be made April 16.
Anyone who wants more information about the BER application process can send an email to Karen.Bradshaw@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov.