General Manager and Acting County Assessor Bobbie Shields updated the Board on progress being made on the Board’s Revaluation Action Plan. It was the first of three scheduled updates in February (2/13– Appeals Process & 2/19 – Receive Minor Issues Report). After resident complaints about inconsistent appraisals in some parts of the County in the 2011 revaluation, the Board authorized hiring Pearson’s Appraisal Service to review the revaluation. It found significant errors in some neighborhoods, especially those built prior to the 1980’s. After that review, the Board authorized using Pearson’s to do a more thorough review of all 1,100 County neighborhoods (200-500 homes each). Pearson’s Project Director Emmett Curl reports his staff has been working with and alongside County Assessor staff since January 2 to identify additional neighborhoods where values may be in question. Pearson’s will recommend to staff which additional neighborhoods need a closer, in-person examination. Shields indicated that he will be asking the Board what specific qualifications it is looking for in a new assessor. The County is working with a Georgia search firm that has vast experience in finding assessors. A new assessor must be hired by June 4. The Board also is being asked to appoint a new board of Equalization and Review by early April.
MeckLink Medicare Waiver
MeckLink Director Phil Endress updated the Board on progress being made by MeckLink to complete necessary state guidelines for Mecklenburg County to begin serving as the Medicaid Waiver manager of all behavioral health services in Mecklenburg County. MeckLINK will submit to two additional readiness reviews by Mercer Consulting prior to the go-live date March 1, the first of which is next week. Endress reports that 100% of interested provider agencies, group practices, and licensed independent practitioners have fully executed contracts with MeckLINK and 95% of all providers have completed training on the Alpha claims processing system. In it January 30 review Mercer reported: “MeckLINK has demonstrated significant progress to implement by March 1, 2013 provided that progress continue on the same pace and that all outstanding ‘critical’ tasks be fully resolved prior to March 1, 2013.”