August 29, 2006
Charlotte, NC— Mecklenburg County property owners will soon find a tax bill or mortgage letter in their mailbox. On August 30, the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector will mail tax bills to approximately 366,000 property owners and mortgage companies.
Tax bills are mailed directly to the owner of the property as of January 1, 2006 or the mortgage company that requested the bill for property owners with tax escrow accounts. Property owners who escrow their property taxes with a mortgage company will receive a property tax notification from the Tax Collector. These owners should review the notice carefully to insure the bill was sent to the correct mortgage company to avoid errors.
Property tax payments must be paid on or before January 5, 2007, 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, 2007, will be charged 2-percent interest for the month of January 2007 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.
There are several ways to pay your tax bill:
- By Internet: Log on to
http://paytax.charmeck.org 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.
Taxpayers with questions about their bill, property listings, or real estate valuations can call City-County Customer Service at 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. More information is also available on the Office of the Tax Collector's Web site. Visit
http://tax.charmeck.org and then click on Office of the Tax Collector.
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.
Mecklenburg County: The countywide tax rate for FY2006 is $0.8189 per $100 assessed valuation. Tax bills for property in the unincorporated areas include an additional law enforcement service district tax rate of $0.1647 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 for police service through their municipal property taxes.
Cities and Towns: The City of Charlotte property tax rate for FY2006 is $0.4586 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 $1.2775 per $100 assessed valuation. The combined rate for Cornelius is $1.0939, Davidson is $1.1639, Huntersville is $1.1089, Matthews is $1.1264, Mint Hill is $1.0939, and Pineville is $1.1189.
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, 2006. According to North Carolina law, failure to receive a tax bill does not invalidate the tax or interest charges.
Pay Online: Mecklenburg County offers a wide variety of services online, including videos, maps, records, and the option to pay your property taxes. To pay your tax bill online, visit the Web site
http://paytax.charmeck.org. You can pay using a credit card, debit card or with eCheck (pay directly from a checking account). Simply enter your tax bill number and follow the instructions.
There is a convenience fee for using the online payment feature. Credit/debit card convenience fees are based on the amount of the tax bill. The eCheck convenience fee is a flat charge of $2.00 regardless of the amount of tax paid. These fees are not paid to the County. They are the cost of administering the credit/debit card and eCheck options.