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February 04
​Department of Tax Administration to Hold Community Conversation about 2020 Reappraisal Process, Results

How, exactly, does the Wake County Department of Tax Administration assess property values during reappraisals? Why is a reappraisal process necessary? And what kinds of tax relief options are available to property owners?

These questions – and others – will be the subject of discussion on Monday, Feb. 10, during a community conversation offered by Wake County at Grace AME Zion Church in Raleigh.

“Reappraisal is a complex topic and one that warrants open communication, since it affects so many of our residents,” said Tax Administrator Marcus Kinrade. “This community conversation will be the first of several we’ll hold in February and March to educate property owners about the process and the resources we have available to help them.”

The event will start at 6:30 p.m. Grace AME Zion Church is located at 1401 Boyer St. in Raleigh. The event is free and open to the public. Kinrade and his staff will be on hand to answer questions and assist property owners with completing tax relief applications. Kinrade will be available for media interviews after the program ends at 8 p.m.

The county is currently scheduling additional community meetings. Once the details are finalized, they will be posted online here.

The 2020 Reappraisal
In mid-January, the Wake County Department of Tax Administration mailed about 395,000 notices to residential and commercial real estate property owners, providing a first look at their property’s tax value as a result of the 2020 reappraisal, which was effective Jan. 1, 2020.

Breaking down the numbers
On average, residential property values experienced a 20% increase countywide since the last reappraisal in 2016.

  • Both high demand and a low supply of homes, particularly those valued at less than $250,000, drove the increase in residential values.
  • Commercial property values realized a 33% increase on average, driven mostly by considerable increases in hotel, apartment and industrial properties.

In North Carolina, counties are required to conduct a reappraisal at least once every eight years. In 2016, the Wake County Board of Commissioners voted to shorten the county’s reappraisal cycle to four years to re-establish property tax equity between properties more frequently.

For questions regarding the reappraisal process, contact the Wake County Tax Administration Office by phone at 919-857-3800 or by email at reappraisal@wakegov.com.


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