Charlotte, NC- Mecklenburg County property owners will soon find a tax bill or mortgage letter in their mailbox. The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector mailed tax bills to approximately 332,000 property owners and mortgage companies on August 26.
Tax bills are mailed directly to those who pay the bill - property owners or the mortgage companies with which taxes are escrowed. Property owners who escrow their property taxes with their mortgage companies will receive a notification from the Tax Collector. Owners should review the notice carefully to avoid errors.
Property tax payments must be made on or before January 5, 2006, 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 on or after January 6, 2006, will be charged 2-percent interest for the month of January 2006 and an additional ¾-percent every month thereafter until paid. All unpaid taxes will be advertised in local newspapers and an additional advertising fee will be added to each bill.
and use your credit card, debit card or eCheck *.
By phone: Call 1-877-533-0072 and use your credit/debit 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 a.m. - 5 p.m. Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector.
* A convenience fee is assessed when using the credit/debit/eCheck option. Credit/debit/eCheck payments are not accepted at the Tax Collector's office.
Office of the Tax Collector's web site
for more info.
Taxpayers with questions about their bill, property listings, or real estate valuations can also call 311. Taxpayers calling from outside Mecklenburg County should dial 704-336-4600 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone lines are typically busy in the weeks after tax bills are mailed, so callers are asked to be patient.
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.) The Tax Collector bills for licensed motor vehicles based on the monthly registration data from the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.
The countywide tax rate for FY2006 is $0.8368 per $100 assessed valuation. Tax bills for property in the unincorporated areas include an additional law enforcement service district tax rate of $0.1768 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 municipalities.
Cities and Towns:
The City of Charlotte property tax rate for FY2006 is $0.42 per $100 assessed valuation. Property within the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County's six towns is assessed a county tax rate and a city or town tax rate.
The combined 2005-2006 City/County tax rate for property within the City of Charlotte is $1.2568 per $100 assessed valuation.
- Cornelius is $1.0968,
- Davidson is $1.1818,
- Huntersville is $1.1168,
- Matthews is $1.1443,
- Mint Hill is $1.1118, and
- Pineville is $1.1368.
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 bills are mailed to the owner of record at the address shown on the listing as of January 1, 2005. According to North Carolina law, failure to receive a tax bill does not invalidate the tax or interest charges.
Tax Contact Information:
Office of the Tax Collector's web site
- 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
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Call Center 311 (including Tax Collector, Tax Assessor, and Solid Waste)