2019 is a property revaluation year for Gaston County, and Gaston County Tax Director Jimmy Tanner is expecting a significant number of appeals because of what he calls the "sticker shock" of the average 25% increase in assessed values, according to a Gaston Gazette article.
Although the property tax rate for next year has not been established, Gaston County has released its proposed budget, which shows a slight drop in its tax rate from .53% to .52%. That small drop means that the revaluation will not be revenue neutral. On average, tax bills will be higher than they have been.
If you are a property owner in Gaston County, you should have recieved your property tax listing notice in March of this year, and your time to appeal the value on that notice is running out. In North Carolina, the deadline to appeal valuations during a revaluation year is the adjournment date of the county's Board of Equalization — after that date, you need to wait until the following year to file an appeal. Appeals are not retroactive, which means that you will have missed out on any potential tax savings from previous years. Gaston County's Board of Equalization and Review has set its adjournment date for May 31, 2019.
If you think your new assessed value of your Gaston County property is excessive, or if you haven't quite had time to explore making that decision, you need to file an appeal by May 31 to preserve your right (and your potential tax savings) to pursue your appeal in 2019.
If you file an appeal, you always have the option to withdraw your appeal. However, if you miss this deadline, you'll need to wait until next year to file an appeal.
Gaston County neighbors Mecklenburg County, which is also underway with a property revaluation year. Gaston County, part of the Charlotte metropolitan area, includes the cities of Gastonia, Belmont, Bessemer City, Cherryville, Lowell and Mount Holly.