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South Charlotte get ready: August mail brings tax bills

Your tax bill will reflect a total of Mecklenburg County tax and then your municipality tax as well as other taxes and fees depending on where your property is located. Town taxes support municipal services such as police.
Your tax bill will reflect a total of Mecklenburg County tax and then your municipality tax as well as other taxes and fees depending on where your property is located. Town taxes support municipal services such as police. Charlotte Observer file photo

If you live in Mint Hill, Matthews or the City of Charlotte, your new tax bill should look about the same as last year. If you are a Pineville resident, your tax rate is likely going up.

Municipalities operate on a fiscal year that begins July 1 each year, so for the past few months staff and elected officials in Mecklenburg County municipalities have been busy crafting budgets for 2018.

Mecklenburg County handles property tax bills for towns in its borders as well as the City of Charlotte. Your tax bill will reflect a total of Mecklenburg County tax and then your municipality tax as well as other taxes and fees depending on where your property is located. The property tax on your car and the vehicle tag fee comes as a separate bill issued by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles when it’s time for your car to be inspected.

The Mecklenburg County tax rate is expected to stay at $0.8157 per $100 valuation. This means that if the tax value of your home is $100,000 then you will owe $815.70 in county taxes for the coming year.

If you have any questions about your property tax bill, which should arrive some time in August and is due in September (technically you have till early January to pay without interest), call 311 or visit www.mecknc.gov/taxcollections/.

Tax breakdown by town:

Cotswold, Ballantyne, SouthPark

Charlotte’s tax rate is expected to remain the same at $0.4787 per $100 valuation. If the tax value of your home is $100,000 then you will owe $478.70 in city taxes. The city also has a $30 vehicle tag fee that will be included on your vehicle tax bill.

“The City of Charlotte’s FY 2018 budget provides for strategic increases and maintains current service levels without increasing the property tax rate. The budget was developed using the Charlotte City Council letter to the community as the primary foundational item and concentrates on ensuring safety, trust, and accountability; access to safe, quality and affordable housing; and good paying jobs,” said Hershberger.

In addition to the general budget, Hershberger says south Charlotte capital projects in the currently funded Capital Improvement Plan include a new South Division Police Station, Cross Charlotte Trail, Cross Charlotte Trail – South Charlotte connector to Ballantyne area, Park South Drive Extension, SouthPark Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program and various projects within citywide transportation programs such as sidewalks, traffic control infrastructure, bridges and bikeways.

Matthews

Matthews’ tax rate will remain at $0.34 per $100 valuation meaning if the tax value of your home is $100,000 then you will owe $340 in town taxes. The town also has a $25 vehicle tag fee that will be included on your vehicle tax bill.

Becky Hawke, assistant town manager, says even though the tax rate remains the same, new development in the area, as well as payoff of significant town debt, has allowed the town to include a few new items in the 2018 fiscal budget including a 3 percent merit pool increase for employees, one new fire position, two new police positions and a part-time position in public works.

Mint Hill

The Mint Hill’s tax rate will remain at $0.27 cents per $100 valuation meaning if the tax value of your home is $100,000 then you will owe $270 in town taxes. The town also has a $10 vehicle tag fee that will be included on your vehicle tax bill.

Mint Hill town manager Brian Welch says the 2018 budget is relatively flat compared to the prior year. The budget includes a 2.5 percent merit pool increase for employees, expanded incentives for the police and fire department, and money for sidewalk expansion.

Pineville

The Pineville tax rate is expected to increase by 3 cents to $0.38 per $100 valuation meaning if the tax value of your home is $100,000 then you will owe $380 in town taxes. Pineville does not have a vehicle tag fee.

Pineville finance director Richard Dixon says the tax increase is necessary to make up for the loss of the business privilege tax, paid by companies who wanted to do business in the town. Legislators eliminated that tax statewide several years ago. Dixon says the town was also hard hit by the botched property revaluation and, like other municipalities in the county, had to issue refunds to a number of property owners who contested their new property values. The 2018 budget includes a 3 percent merit increase for staff, new police radios, several new police cars, 8 percent increase in medical insurance premiums and more.

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer: m.johnston@carolina.rr.com

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