Staff from Harnett, Chatham and Wake counties will hold a second public meeting next week for residents affected by proposed changes to the boundaries between the counties.
The three county governments are currently working to correct the boundaries between the counties after locating the original point where the counties meet. The counties enlisted the N.C. Geodetic Survey to identify the original point and correct boundary lines after noticing a number of inconsistencies in current boundaries.
Uncertainty as to the location of county boundary lines is not uncommon in North Carolina. Today’s technology can locate boundary lines much more precisely and uncover discrepancies in those boundaries. Discrepancies in boundaries can create issues related to tax assessment, property valuation, deed recordation, zoning, building permitting, emergency response, voter registration, and school districting. Resolving boundary uncertainties will allow county governments to effectively address issues with development and service delivery along county lines.
Correcting the boundaries between the counties means that some properties currently in one county will be in another county, or that some properties will be split between two counties. Potential impacts related to these corrections could include changes to property tax and fire tax rates; tax values, as each county values property based on their own schedule of values; present use valuation; zoning; public utilities; deeds; and emergency response, including law enforcement, ambulance services and animal control.
Since an initial public meeting was held in December, GIS Departments with each county have reconciled property lines with the current county boundaries and are now able to provide property owners with more accurate information regarding the full impact of the boundary correction. A total of 123 properties will be affected between the three counties.
The second and final public meeting will take place Tuesday, March 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Northwest Harnett Fire Department, located at 6015 Christian Light Road, Fuquay-Varina. Officials from all three counties will be in attendance to answer any questions citizens have about the proposed boundary changes and to receive comments.
Affected property owners have been sent a letter notifying them of the upcoming meeting along with a map that shows how their property is currently being taxed, and how the property will be taxed once the new boundary is approved.
Following the meeting, all three county boards of commissioners will consider approval of a resolution asking state lawmakers to introduce legislation to restore the correct boundaries between the three counties. County officials will propose the changes go into effect on January 1, 2019.
Anyone with questions should contact Harnett County GIS at (910) 893-7523, Chatham County GIS at (919) 545-8469, or Wake County GIS at (919) 856-6375.