Homes throughout Charlottes Eastover community could get new tax values after a firm found errors in land appraisals for properties in the neighborhood, according to a report given Tuesday to county commissioners.
Pearsons Appraisals Services has turned over its recommendations for new values on 27 properties where the owners had appealed the countys 2011 appraisals.
But the initial review of properties under appeal suggests that values also will need to be adjusted on many other properties throughout Eastover, said Bob Pearson of the Wilson-based appraisal firm.
The county has been reviewing Pearsons recommendations and will make a decision on the proposed changes by weeks end, said Bobbie Shields, a county general manager who is acting assessor.
Pearsons has conducted similar studies of appraisals in Myers Park and the Lake Norman area as part of its review of the countys flawed 2011 revaluation.
Problems in land values also were found in those areas including one instance in which the county didnt factor in one lot sale when setting values, the firms owners said.
Those reviews have focused initially on parcels where the owner has appealed values to the state Property Tax Commission. But the firm later intends to look at other properties in the areas.
In the meantime, Pearsons also is doing a broader look at more than 1,300 neighborhoods throughout Mecklenburg County for signs of possible flaws in values. A third of the neighborhoods have been analyzed so far, with at least minor problems in 196 of the 416 areas, according to the report given to county commissioners.
The Tuesday update was just the latest Pearsons has given to the county board since it was hired last summer to review the revaluation.
The firms initial report, which focused primarily on 15 percent of neighborhoods and areas with large increases in land values, found dozens of flaws.
Commissioners voted in late 2012 to have the firm do a broader study, which is expected to be complete in October.
As part of its review, Pearsons will make recommendations on whether a propertys value should be lowered, increased or stay the same.
On Tuesday, Pearsons did not tell commissioners its specific recommendations for the Eastover and Myers Park neighborhoods and in the Lake Norman area.
The firm plans to discuss some of its work Wednesday with staff in the county Assessors Office.
But Bob and Fred Pearson, the firms co-owners, discussed some of the problems they found in their reviews.
For example, the firm said that in some cases in which Eastover homeowners challenged their land values, they were instead given lower appraisals on their home. So any corrected values will have to change both the land and home values, said Bob Pearson.
Pearsons has asked the county to act within 30 days once it makes recommendations on properties under appeal with the state.
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