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Macon County's Tax Administrator Richard Lightner was on hand during Saturday's Board of Commissioners meeting to discuss the inevitable 2015 Tax Revaluation.

In September 2011, while facing a gloomy real estate market, commissioners made the controversial decision to delay the county's 2013 property revaluation process until 2015, placing the county back on an eight-year-cycle, the longest period allowed by the state. The decision to delay the process was not unique to Macon County, but instead was a state-wide trend followed by most counties including neighboring Jackson County.

The State of North Carolina mandates local governments to do revaluations at least every eight years, so if the county pushes the process back to 2015, they will not be able to prolong the process any further. When the decision was made in 2011, there was no guarantee home prices would stabilize by 2015, but commissioners were willing to take the risk.


The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles is working with county revenue offices across the state to educate vehicle owners to a new legislative program that will require the payment of vehicle property taxes at the same time vehicle registration renewals are due.

The new “Tag & Tax Together” program is the result of a law passed in 2005 by the General Assembly that makes vehicle property taxes due in full before a vehicle’s registration can be renewed. To help vehicle owners with the new requirement, NCDMV is posting a special web page offering information about the program, which is set to begin with new combined tag and tax notices mailed in mid-2013.


In order to remain in close contact with voters in the 50th Senate District, Senator Jim Davis held a meeting with county commissioners from counties spanning across his district to discuss concerns and ways the state Legislature can best serve the people of North Carolina.

In addition to Macon County commissioners Ronnie Beale, Ron Haven and Kevin Corbin, and County Manager Jack Horton, commissioners from Jackson, Haywood, Swain, Clay, Graham, and Cherokee counties traveled to the Macon County Community Building to meet with Sen. Davis. The executive director of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners David Thompson and his staff traveled from Raleigh to also attend the meeting.


Free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low- and moderate income of all ages, with special attention to those age 60 and older, is available from AARP Tax-Aide from Feb. 4 through April 9, 2013. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, will offer help with personal income tax returns at the Macon County Library in Franklin.

Last year in North Carolina, 1,061 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 71,623 people file their federal, state and local tax returns. The program is offered at approximately 111 sites in North Carolina including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations. This year AARP Tax-Aide will be located at Macon County Library, 149 Siler Road, Franklin. Call the library for appointment time at (828)524-3600. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays & Tuesdays each week from Feb. 4 through April 9.


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