Mecklenburg County Appoints New Assessor, Reassigns Former Assessor, and Makes Decisions about the 2011 Revaluation
As our regular readers know, Mecklenburg County is in the process of managing the fallout from its 2011 Revaluation. First, Garrett Alexander resigned his post as Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor. Now, as reported in the Charlotte Observer, the Board of Commissioners has appointed his replacement.
Effective immediately, Bobby Sheilds will serve as the Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor. This appointment will run until the end of Alexander's term which was set to end June 30 of 2013. At that time, the Board will decide whether to re-up with Sheilds or find a new assessor.
Although Alexander resigned his post as tax assessor, he will remain a Mecklenburg County employee. He has been reassigned to the County's finance department where he will serve as a senior fiscal analyst. In that post, he will supervise county staff responsible for processing invoices for functions in the Human Services Agency.
We also mentioned in our last post that the Commissioners were mulling over whether to pursue a complete redo of the 2011 revaluation. As reported by Fox-Charlotte, it appears they have made their decision for now. Although the Commissioners have apparently instructed the Mecklenburg County Attorney to research the legality of a redo, they have decided to leave the 2011 revaluation undisturbed and to focus instead on getting future revaluations right. In that regard, Pearson Appraisal Services (the firm that audited the County's 2011 revaluation) will do additional work to identify more neighborhoods with flawed revaluations, and the members of the Mecklenburg County Board of Equalization and Review will be replaced.
It remains to be seen what the Commissioners will do if the County Attorney advises them that a redo of the 2011 revaluation would be legal. In our opinion, that is unlikely under the current law. That said, and as we've previously discussed, Senator-elect Jeff Tarte has promised to work to pass legislation making the redo legal assuming it wouldn't be already.