Properties are taxed so our community has advantages such as schools, fire and police protection, and other public benefits. Each property owner pays a fair share of the cost, in proportion to the amount of money our individual properties are worth.
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The assessment cycle is the County's fiscal year which runs from July 1 through June 30.
When market values change, so does assessed value. For instance, if you added a garage to your home, the assessed value would increase. Property in poor repair decreases in value.
Virginia law requires property assessments to be based on fair market value. Estimating the market value of your property is a matter of determining the price a typical buyer would pay for it in its present condition. Some factors the Assessor considers are:
The Assessor does not create the value. People make value by their transactions in the marketplace. The Assessor has the legal responsibility to study transactions and appraise your property accordingly.
The amount a typical, well-informed purchaser would be willing to pay for a property. For a sale to represent market value, the seller must be willing (but not under pressure) to sell and the buyer must be willing (but not under any obligation) to buy. The property must be on the market for a reasonable length of time, the payment must be in cash or its equivalent, and the financing must be typical for that type of property.
Just as in many other fields, computers are useful in the assessment process. Assessors are trained to look for relationships between property characteristics and market value. By coding these characteristics and studying sale prices, assessors can estimate value by developing formulas and models. Computers are much faster and are capable of advanced analysis in this area.
Despite these capabilities, common sense and assessor judgment are always required to verify assessments. Assessors most familiar with the neighborhoods and properties review all assessments.
Mecklenburg County conducts a County-wide general reassessment every 2 years. Detailed inspections are conducted for new construction, alterations, or upon request of the property owner.
No. The real estate tax rate is determined each year by the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors.
Divide the assessed value by 100, then multiply by the tax rate.
Yes. Veterans must be 100% service-connected, totally and permanently disabled or totally and permanently disabled and be paid at the 100% rate due to being unemployed. To learn more, download the Disabled Veterans Application (PDF).
All property in Mecklenburg County is valued as it exists on July 1st of the current fiscal year. If a structure is not fully built on that date, a partial value reflecting the percentage of completion is used.
It is the responsibility of the property owner to notify the Assessor's Office in writing of any change in mailing address. To learn more, download the Change of address (PDF) , or visit the Real Estate Department page for contact information.
The title on property can be changed via a recorded deed. The Assessor's Office is an "office of record," which means changes in ownership or property boundaries are done based on recorded deeds, surveys, subdivision plats, and other documents pertaining to ownership. Deeds must be recorded at the Clerk's Office before the Assessor's records can be modified to reflect any changes.
Improvement is the terminology used to identify any existing or new structure on the property.
Yes; visit the Mecklenburg County GIS website to learn more.
To search assessment and ownership information, visit the Online Mecklenburg Assessment and Ownership Information Tool.