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Revalued Property Assessments Available on New County Web Site

(January 18,  2003) Mecklenburg County sent out revaluation notices to property owners Friday, but you also can check your property's new assessed value--or the value of any single-family property in the county--on the county's new Property Ownership Land Records Information System, or POLARIS. This system replaces the county's popular GIS Real Estate System.

The new system is an online Geographic Information System, or GIS. A GIS can store a variety of types of geographic information in different layers, which can be turned on and off on a map display. Among the 34 layers available on POLARIS include municipalities and spheres of influence, major and local roads, SWIM buffers and FEMA floodplains, ZIP Codes, zoning, greenways, building footprints, and parcels and parcel information. One exciting feature of the system is color aerial photography from 2002.

The POLARIS screen display shows various tools on the right side. With these you can display the map legend, show layers and turn them off and on, search for specific properties by address, property owner, or other factors, and pull up a multitude of information about individual parcels. Available information includes ownership, value, date of sale, and even photographs. Data generally appears on the left side of the screen or in separate windows.

Below is a sample image from the system. This shows the intersection of Steele Creek Road (NC Hwy 160) and York Road (NC Hwy 49). The large, odd-shaped building near the top is the new southwest middle school that is under construction. The rectangular area between the school and Steele Creek Road is the site of the new Steele Creek Branch Library. The map in the upper left shows the location of the photograph within Mecklenburg County.

Although it may take a while to get comfortable with this system, it is well worth the effort because of all the information you can access.

Mecklenburg County offers several other online GIS applications, which are accessible from the GIS Home Page.

You may find additional information about the county's revaluation on the 4citizenhelp web site,