Tax hikes likely for historically Black Asheville neighborhood

Tray Ling

ASHEVILLE – Property owners in the city’s historically Black neighborhood are among those most likely to face tax increases this summer — while those likely to see decreases live in one of the county’s richest enclaves. That is according to figures presented Feb. 16 by Buncombe County Tax Assessor Keith Miller to the […]

ASHEVILLE – Property owners in the city’s historically Black neighborhood are among those most likely to face tax increases this summer — while those likely to see decreases live in one of the county’s richest enclaves.

That is according to figures presented Feb. 16 by Buncombe County Tax Assessor Keith Miller to the Buncombe Board of Commissioners on government-assigned property value increases.

The increases happened during a countywide reappraisal that by state law must occur at least every eight years. That is in order to keep the government-recorded values in line with the changing market, Miller said.

By region, all median values went up in the county, he said.

“The median percent change was a range of 4% to 27%. across the county, and the median value change was $20,000 to $92,900.”

Individual property owners may have seen wider swings with some values climbing much higher. 

Owners can appeal the increases, but must do so before April 28. The appeal form can be retrieved online or by calling the tax assessor’s office at 828-250-4915.

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