Jim Payseur 
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Re: “Jennifer Roberts for mayor?

I'm a Democrat and I generally like Jennifer, however I can't forget her opposition to holding a review of the 2011 revaluation. It produced an excess of more than $40 million in new revenue and turned out to be deeply flawed. Sadly, it was the republican representatives who supported the independent review. This was a huge issue for me and almost ruined me financially. Jennifer had said she thought the revaluation was fair and that, “We can look at keeping tax rates the same or maybe even have a little reduction to ease some of that revaluation pain". Well, I'm a landlord and my property valuation - and thus my taxes - were artificially increased by an average of 74% in 2011 while the tax rate was dropped by about 2%. Do the math...and the "revenue neutral" thing went totally out of the window. My hard-fought appeals finally brought it down to a 23% increase but I had to spend @350 hours on appeals, and I shouldn't have had to. Where were the democrats when taxpayers who were victimized by the Assessor needed help? She was happy to take all of this new money that has now largely turned out to be unjust. The public outcry for justice was overwhelming and she only warmed up to the idea of an outside review when it became clear that it was going to happen.

Here's a quote from an article at the time:
Mecklenburg Commissioners Chairman Jennifer Roberts that a recent call for the county to redo its recent property revaluation would be “counter to current state law, would cost taxpayers additional money, and would not support fairness in the assessment process.” Wow.

So, what I want to hear from Jennifer is, how would she work to restore public trust in local government? Can she?






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Posted by Jim Payseur on 03/30/2014 at 12:12 PM

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