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August 21, 2002


Charlotte, NC— Mecklenburg County property owners will soon find a tax bill or notification in their mailbox. On Thursday, August 22, 2002, the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector mailed tax bills to 307,000 property owners and mortgage companies.  

Tax bills are mailed directly to those who pay the bill.  In the case of property owners who escrow taxes with their mortgage company, the bills are mailed directly to the mortgage company. Property owners who do not receive their tax bill directly will receive a notification of their property taxes from the Tax Collector.  Property owners should review the notice carefully to avoid errors that could result in missed or double payment.  

Property tax payments must be paid on or before January 6, 2003, to avoid interest charges.  If mailed, the payment must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on or before that date.  Property owners whose payments are postmarked after January 6, 2003, will be charged 2-percent interest for the month of January 2003 and an additional ¾-percent every month thereafter until paid. All unpaid taxes will be advertised in The Charlotte Observer and an additional advertising fee will be added to each bill.



There are several ways to pay your tax bill:



·   By Internet: Log on to and use your credit card.*



·   By phone: Call 1-877-533-0072 and use your credit card.*



·   By mail: Mail your check using the return envelope in your tax bill.



·   In person: Pay at the Tax Collector's office at the Robert L. "Bob" Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street in Charlotte between 8:00am-5:00pm.  Make your check payable to the City-County Tax Collector.



*There is a convenience fee assessed when using the credit/debit card option.  Credit/debit cards are not accepted at the Tax Collector's office.   

Taxpayers with questions about their bill, property listings or real estate valuations can call the Tax Customer Service Center at 704-336-4600 between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Phone lines are typically busy in the days after tax bills are mailed, so callers may want to try back in following weeks.



What is taxed? Property taxes are levied on real property (land and buildings) and personal property (boats, aircraft, income-producing business personal property, and unlicensed motor vehicles, etc.)  Licensed motor vehicles are billed by the Tax Collector annually, based on the monthly registration data from the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.



Mecklenburg County: The countywide tax rate for FY2003 is $0.8397 per $100 assessed valuation.  Tax bills for property in the unincorporated areas include an additional law enforcement service district tax rate of $0.145 added to the countywide tax rate. The law enforcement service district tax funds police service in those areas. It is based on the percentage of County residents who live in unincorporated areas.  Residents of Charlotte and the six towns pay their share of police service costs through property taxes levied by their respective municipality.



Of the $0.8397 countywide tax rate, nearly half (47%) is for education services.  Approximately 44% of the total tax rate is used to support Charlotte-Mecklenburg School funding (capital and operating expenses).  County services comprise approximately 46% of the total tax rate.  Debt service (paying off bonds) accounts for nearly about 6% of the total tax rate.   For details on how tax money is spent, log on to or call the County's Public Service & Information Department at 704-336-2475.



Cities and Towns: The City of Charlotte property tax rate for FY2003 is $0.4670 per $100 assessed valuation. Property within the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County's six towns are assessed both a county tax rate and a city or town tax rate. The combined 2002-2003 City/County tax rate for property within the City of Charlotte is $1.3067 per $100 assessed valuation. The combined rate for Pineville is $1.1397, Matthews is $1.1597, and Mint Hill is $1.1297.  Property owners in the towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville receive separate tax bills from their municipality.



Solid Waste Fees: For residential property within the Charlotte city limits, the tax bill includes two solid waste fees. The Charlotte solid waste fee is $45 for a single-family residence or $27 for a multi-family residence.  The solid waste fee pays the disposal costs for trash collected in Charlotte. The County solid waste fee of $12 is used to pay for recycling and waste reduction services.  Tax bills for all residential property within Mecklenburg County, except that which is located in Matthews, will include the County solid waste fee.



Tax notices are mailed to the owner of record at the address shown on the listing as of January 1, 2002. According to North Carolina law, failure to receive a tax bill does not invalidate the tax or interest charges.



Tax Contact Information:

 Customer Service Center 704-336-4600
      (including Tax Collector, Tax Assessor, and  
       Solid Waste)

Business Tax Collection Division... 704-336-6315
      (for business licenses, room occupancy,
      prepared food and beverage and vehicle
      rental taxes)

Business Personal Property Listing/Assessing... 704-336-6382

Individual Personal Property Listing Assessing 704-336-6394

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