North Carolina counties are required to revalue properties regularly to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of the property tax burden. The Orange County Tax Office recently completed its 2021 revaluation and mailed notice of new values to all property owners in March.
Property owners who feel their value is too high have the option to appeal with the Tax Office at no cost to the taxpayer. An appeal can be filed easily through the tax department’s on-line form (https://appeals.spatialest.com/nc-orange#/).
The website is a simple-to-use tool that will walk you step by step through the appeals process. Any documentation you wish to provide, such as property appraisals, can be uploaded through the page.
Comparable properties may be submitted as well. The Orange Public Comper website (https://nc-orange-citizen.comper.info/template.aspx) allows you to search for comparable properties that have recently sold in your area. Recent sales data is one piece of information the county uses to determine property values.
If you need help with the appeal, please call (919) 245-2100, option 2 or email email@example.com .
There are two types of appeals—informal and formal.
An Informal appeal provides an opportunity for the property owner to work directly with the Assessor’s office to review the property and understand how the county determined its value. Informal appeals must be submitted by April 30. To file an informal appeal, please complete this form.
A formal appeal will result in your case being heard by the Orange County Board of Equalization and Review. The Formal appeal time period is from May 3 until June 30. To file a formal appeal, property owners must fill out the form and it can be found on the Orange County website. Once you submit the form you will be contacted by the Tax Office to set up a time for your appeal to be heard. The schedule for hearings can be seen here.
There is no charge to taxpayers to file either an informal or formal appeal.
Because of the pandemic, the Tax Office is closed to the public. However, in-person appointments are available on a limited basis. Call 919-245-2100, option 2 or email.
Completed forms and documentation may be mailed to:
Orange County Board of Equalization and Review
PO Box 8181
Hillsborough NC 27278-8181
Other options are:
- Use the Drop Box Located at the Orange County Tax Office, Gateway Center (228 South Churton Street in Hillsborough)
- Scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax to 919-245-3091 (indicate number of pages sent)
- Schedule a virtual meeting (call 919-245-2100, option 2 or email)