23 May 2021

2021 Newton Co. Tax Assessments: Insane. Incorrect &...Possibly Illegal?

By: MB McCart, Editor 

Folks, the Newton Co. notices of assessments for real property have just come out & it's worse than anyone could've imagined. 

Here in the Historic North Covington Community, fair market value went up 50% in ONE year per the home county's tax assessor's office. 

I've seen documentation from several others where increases range from 24% (the lowest I've seen), to more frequently on up to approx 50% to 80% to 100% & OVER 100%. 

One year valuation increases, mind you. 

Yeah, the market's been hot lately. We all know this. But what the current Newton Co. Tax Commissioner's office is responsible for (and it IS ultimately the Tax Commish themselves. The Assessor is selected & serves at the pleasure of that constitutional officer) is nothing short of egregious & unacceptable. 

The methodology used for these assessments will have to be heavily, heavily scrutinized. At first glance, one has to wonder if Newton Co. is guilty of breaking state law. Sales Chasing. Intentionally trying to drive up market values. 

We - & several others - are sure as hell gonna be keeping an eye on it. 

But, I'll go ahead & say this: EVERYBODY needs to appeal. We need to hold up the budget process. Make the BOC pass monthly extensions for AS LONG AS IT DAMN WELL TAKES. 


- MBM 


  1. And remember - it's the home county's bicentennial.

    We need to rise to the occasion!

  2. Ours went up almost 30%. Appeal will be filed asap

  3. Our property taxes, as well as our neighbors, went up an average of 40% and we live in what has become the highest crime district in the county! Our home value hasn't increased. Its a 55 year old house with a lot of issues. This is just another example of Newton democrats electing another incompetent leader that has no clue what they are doing. Commission Chair, Commissioners, Coroner, Sheriff, school board members, and now the Tax Commissioner are all all critical positions that are held by democrats that can't do their jobs in a way that best serves Newton county citizens. Its time to abandon ship and move to a Republican ran county where taxes are lower and local government and school board spending is under control.

  4. Ours went up 96%!!! We plan to file an appeal but what documentation can we provide to get this bill lowered?

  5. You'll never really own your home... We've let them pen laws allowing them to take our homes at the point of a gun and sell them to the first person that can pay their obscene tax... How did we let this happen...? When did "us" become "them"?

  6. Make sure if you appeal remember the Value is set Jan 1 2021. The value is set on sales from 2020 - this is where they get you! I served on the Board of Equalization for NC for 15+ years there is an art to winning an appeal. Sad because the Avg homeowner is at a disadvantage. But you can win!!

  7. For the love of God, maybe this community can finally find some common ground and all stand united on this. I was sick when I saw ours up 24% but I am stunned to see others much higher. It's time to really hold Newton County accountable. This is outrageous and unacceptable!

  8. We need a Homestead Valuation Freeze in Newton county! Especially for those over 65!


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