Orange expects property tax fixes

March 21, 2009 

— The Orange County tax office has received about 1,900 appeals on the county's 51,225 taxable properties. That's a 3.7 percent appeals rate.

In a typical year, tax assessor John Smith said his office adjusts 15 percent to 20 percent of assessments upon appeal.

Smith said this year that rate could be twice as high. People who think their property has been overvalued can contact the Tax Assessor's Office at 245-2100 or at the Gateway Center, 228 S. Churton St., in Hillsborough.

One reason for the increase in successful appeals, he said, is that properties were valued incorrectly in prior years.

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