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Mecklenburg County’s latest tax assessment issue

Per the Charlotte Observer, hiring a new revaluation manager with a questionable past:

After months of complaints about Mecklenburg’s 2011 property reappraisal, questions have surfaced about the county’s choice for a new revaluation manager.

In June, the county hired Kim Horton, a former tax administrator in Alamance County who presided over a botched revaluation in 2009 that triggered thousands of complaints of its own.

Horton left her Alamance job embroiled in a court dispute. County officials alleged she’d rigged a bid in favor of a Lincolnton appraisal company to help with the 2009 revaluation – without disclosing she’d been on the company’s payroll.

The county also said she authorized paying RS&M Appraisal Services more than double the $275,000 officials agreed to pay for the work.

Lovely.

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