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Senate passes Meck revaluation bill

RALEIGH A nearly unanimous N.C. Senate on Wednesday tentatively passed a bill that would redo Mecklenburg County’s 2011 property revaluation and ensure refunds to homeowners who were overcharged.

The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 48-1. Final passage could happen Thursday.

Republican Sen. Jeff Tarte of Cornelius, the main sponsor, told the Senate the bill would ensure a “fair and accurate valuation.”

A similar bill has been introduced in the House.

Both address problems with the county’s 2011 property revaluation, which triggered a flood of protests and appeals. An independent study ordered by county commissioners last year found widespread errors or discrepancies.

One of the possible remedies in the bills would be a new revaluation conducted within 18 months.

The other option would be a total review of all properties by a qualified appraisal company.

There was little discussion of the Senate bill, which has bi-partisan support. Republican Sen. Jerry Tillman of Archdale asked why it’s a statewide bill, not a local one.

“Eventually some folks may want to be like Charlotte,” he said. “Not many. Some.”

Tarte said attorneys had advised making it statewide, though practically Mecklenburg County is the only one affected.

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