Residents have until March 10 to appeal their 2011 home revaluation to Mecklenburg County, said county real property appraiser manager Chuck Hicks.
Since the office sent 250,000 single-family and townhome revaluations in February, it had received 13,000 appeals as of last week, said Hicks.
But the appeals won't be reviewed until after the office sends out the 70,000 commercial property revaluations on March 14, he said.
Hicks expects to have up to 25,000 appeals on file by March 10.
Cornelius Mayor Jeff Tarte said revaluation is a complex issue compounded by the eight-year span since the last countywide revaluation. He noted that some resident who bought homes for considerably less in the 1970s and 1980s now face possible skyrocketing property taxes.
"In effect, you are going to ask them to buy their home again," he said. "It's unfair, and it's something we're going to have to address as a community."
Residents who are interested in appealing their home revaluation should include as much detailed information as possible on their appeal form, said Hicks.
The county records do not show nearby homes that might have stayed on the market for a long time and then were taken off. Hicks suggests residents tell the county about such incidents in their neighborhoods.