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Your annual Orange County tax bill may include County Tax, Special District Tax, City Tax, Fire District Tax, Solid Waste Programs Fees and Chapel Hill or Hillsborough Stormwater Fees. You may appeal the value assessment of your property, and you may also appeal the fee assessment.

Value Assessment Process:
There is an appeal process to assist property owners in presenting their concerns about property revaluation.

  • Informal appeals may be filed between January 1 and March 31 to the Tax Office. The taxpayer completes the Informal Notice of Appeal Form  and submits it to the Tax Office with all evidence attached. The informal appeals will be reviewed by Orange County appraisal staff. Decisions are mailed to the property owner by April 30th. For more information on the methodology used to evaluate property, please contact us and schedule an appointment.
  • Formal Appeals are made to the Board of Equalization and Review after March 31st and before the Board adjourns. The taxpayer must make a formal appeal in writing to the Board of Equalization and Review, who considers the appeal and makes a decision based on the evidence presented by the taxpayer. The Board's Notice of Decision is mailed to the taxpayer after the adjournment of the Board of Equalization and Review. Formal Notice of Appeal Form.
  • Note: Appeals filed after the adjournment of the Board of Equalization and Review will be heard the following tax year. Adjustments would NOT be retroactive to the current year.
  • Exception:  Certain appeals may be filed for the current year after the adjournment of the Board of Equalization and Review.  These exceptions generally occur when the taxpayer is first notified of a change in valuation or exemption status after the adjournment of the Board.   Typically, the taxpayer has 15 to 30 days to appeal to the Board, depending on the reason for the notice.

  • Upon receiving the Board's Notice of Decision, the taxpayer has the option to further appeal to the NC State Property Tax Commission. The resident must appeal to the Property Tax Commission in writing within 30 days of the notification from the Board of Equalization and Review.
  • Click here for BER Notice of Appeal Form and Instructions.

Property Assessment Appeals
2016 Board of Equalization and Review is adjourned as of May 26th, 2016

The Board has adjourned from the receiving of new appeals on Thursday, May 26, 2016 (see Exceptions below).  The 2016 Orange County Board of Equalization and Review convened for its first meeting and hearings on Thursday, April 28, 2016 in in Conference Room 313, on the 3rd floor of the Gateway Center, 228 South Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278.  Subsequent meetings followed on these dates: May 4, 5, 18, 19, 25 and 26 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the same location referenced above.  The purpose of each meeting is to receive and hear taxpayer appeals of 2016 real and personal property valuations.  More information is available about the Board of Equalization and Review hereCompleted minutes may be viewed online. 

 

(Exception:  Certain appeals may be filed for the current year after the adjournment of the Board of Equalization and Review.  These exceptions generally occur when the taxpayer is first notified of a change in valuation or exemption status after the adjournment of the Board.   Typically, the taxpayer has 15 to 30 days to appeal to the Board, depending on the reason for the notice.)

Decisions made by the 2016 Board of Equalization and Review
will be effective for the 2016 TAX BILL.

Fee Assessment Appeal Process:
There are appeals processes available for the two fees that may be on your tax bill.

  • Solid Waste Programs Fee:  Orange County Solid Waste Management offers an appeals process if you feel that the solid waste programs fee on your tax bill has not been accurately assessed for your property. Complete and sign a SWPF Appeals Form and submit it to Solid Waste Management. A review of the appeal will then be conducted by the County Solid Waste staff in coordination with information provided by the County Tax Office staff. Appellants will receive written notification of the outcome of their appeal from the Solid Waste Management department. Your appeal should be submitted by mail or fax to:

Orange County Solid Waste Management
P.O. Box 17177
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Attn: Director

Fax: 919-932-2900

  • Chapel Hill Storm Water Management Fee: Chapel Hill also offers an appeals process to the property owners who believe that the calculation of the impervious surface on their lot is incorrect. Complete this appeal form and submit it by mail to the address indicated on the form. Your appeal will be reviewed by the Chapel Hill Stormwater Staff, who will in turn mail a response to the address you provide on your appeal form.
  • Hillsborough Storm Water Management Fee: Hillsborough offers an appeals process to property owners who believe that the storm water fee charged on their property tax bill is not correct. Please complete this appeal form and submit it by mail to the address indicated on the form, or complete and email to the address on the form. Your appeal will be reviewed by Hillsborough Stormwater Staff, who will mail a response to the address you provide on your appeal form.