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Board of Commissioners Retreat Notice – February 23, 2024

Posted February 22, 2024

 

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville County Convention & Expo Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC on Friday, February 23, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. for the second day of their annual retreat.

 

February 23, 2024 Agenda

 

Any questions should be directed to Debra Weary, Clerk to the Board, at 919-603-1307 or emailed to  debra.weary@granvillecounty.org 

Tax Revaluation FAQs

Posted February 22, 2024

 

Question: What is a revaluation?
Answer: A revaluation determines the assessed value of all properties in a county.

 

Question: Why is Granville County doing a revaluation?
Answer: Revaluations are required by the State of North Carolina at a minimum of every 8 years. This is done to ensure that all tax values are more or less aligned with their value on the open real estate market.

 

Question: Why is the revaluation happening after 6 years instead of 8?
Answer: Granville County last completed a revaluation in 2018 but the dramatic changes in property values that began in 2020 created a situation where the vast majority of property sales transactions no longer had any relation to their assessed value. The North Carolina Department of Revenue urged Granville County to take immediate action and complete a revaluation as soon as possible. Waiting an additional 2 years would likely have led to even more dramatic increases in tax value.

 

Question: Why did my assessed value change so much?
Answer: Though less volatile than it was from 2020 to 2022, property values continue to rise in Granville County to levels never seen before. Recent data shows that average sales price
for all homes in Granville County has increased by 27% since 2021 alone.

 

Question: What about new homes? Why did their value change so much?
Answer: When new homes are built, their assessed value is set by the formula used during the most recent revaluation. For example, a new home built and sold in January 2023 would be assessed as if it existed in 2018 (the last revaluation). This could lead to a dramatic change in assessed value during the 2024 revaluation as the tax assessor adjusts the property to the 2024 market value instead of 2018.

 

Question: I think my assessed value is wrong. What do I do now?
Answer: Visit www.granvillecounty.org/reval and read the information on this page. You may also search for your home in the Comparable Sales Search tool to gain additional context on how your property compares to similar ones that have sold in recent years.

 

Question: I checked the Comparable Sales Tool and still think my assessed value is wrong. Now what?
Answer: You can file an appeal with the Granville County Tax Administration Office as soon as you receive your assessment notice until the first Board of Equalization and Review (E&R) hearing scheduled for April 29, 2024. Property owners will be able to meet with staff one-on-one to present additional data to support their appeal. For example, assessors do not go inside properties and rely on building permits and other public data to assess property values as well information they can gain about a property from the road or
satellite view in the county GIS system. Property owners may have additional information about the condition of their property that can be provided to the assessor to adjust the value.

 

Question: I appealed to the Tax Assessor and disagree with their decision. Now what do I do?
Answer: If you disagree with the Tax Assessor’s decision, you can appeal to the Board of E&R. These appeal hearings will begin on April 29, 2024, and continue into June. The property owner can present evidence to the Board of E&R who can overrule the Tax Assessor’s decision if the evidence satisfies NC General Statute requirements. The Granville County Board of Commissioners also serves as the Board of E&R.

 

Question: I disagree with the Board of E&R decision. Now what?
Answer: The final appeal that property owners can make is to the North Carolina Property Tax Commission. This commission may override the previous decisions made by the Board of E&R and the Tax Assessor if they determine that the property has satisfied legal requirements for a successful appeal. A decision issued by the Property Tax Commission can only be appealed through an action filed with the North Carolina Court of Appeals or the North Carolina Supreme Court.

 

Question: Now I know my assessed value, but what does that mean for my tax bill?
Answer: This will be decided during the Board of Commissioners annual budget process, which begins in February with a 2-day retreat and ends in June with the approval of the new fiscal year budget. The Granville County fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

 

Question: Will the tax rate change? If so, how much?
Answer: Based on the dramatic increase in assessed value in Granville County, and in all other counties that are conducting revaluations this year or in recent years, the tax rate will likely decrease dramatically. This will be decided no later than June 30 during the approval of the annual budget.

 

Question: What is a revenue neutral tax rate?
Answer: As part of the revaluation process, the Budget Officer must identify a “revenue neutral tax rate.” This is the tax rate that would produce the same amount of revenue for Granville County as the previous year, after adjusting to natural changes in population.

 

Question: Will the county adopt a revenue neutral tax rate?
Answer: The final tax rate will be decided at the conclusion of the budget process once the Board of Commissioners has been able to fully evaluate the needs of all departments and other entities like the Granville County Public School System. The new tax rate is likely to be much closer to the revenue-neutral rate than to the current rate.

 

Question: What else do I need to know about my next tax bill?
Answer: The final tax bill is calculated differently depending on where you live. All Granville County property owners pay the County Tax Rate. Those who live inside the city limits of Butner, Creedmoor, Oxford, Stem, and Stovall also pay taxes to their municipalities as determined by each of their governing bodies. Those who live outside of a municipality in “unincorporated” Granville County OR in the Town of Stovall also pay a Fire District Tax, which can only be used to fund fire service protection. All three tax rates (county, fire district, and municipal) will be determined no later than June 30.

 

Question: I am on a fixed income. Are there any assistance programs available?
Answer: The State of North Carolina offers three tax relief or deferment programs for seniors and disabled veterans. More information is available on the Granville County website: https://www.granvillecounty.org/government/tax-department/assessment-and-listing/property-tax-relief/ or by calling 919-693-4181.

 

Question: I still have questions. Who do I talk to?
Answer: The Granville County Tax Administration Office can be reached at 919-693-4181. You can also visit www.granvillecounty.org/reval for more information.

Absentee Ballot Deadline – Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Posted February 20, 2024

 

Reminder from the Granville County Board of Elections!

 

The deadline to return absentee ballots for the upcoming primary and Board of Education election is Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. Only ballots received by this deadline are valid. Please remember this is the deadline for the county board of elections to RECEIVE your ballot and not the deadline to mail them.

 

For more information about absentee voting, please visit the NC State Board of Elections website: https://www.ncsbe.gov/voting/vote-mail

Advertisement for Bids – Triangle North Water Line Extension

Posted February 19, 2024

 

Sealed bids for the project entitled Granville Business Park – Phase 1 Water Main Extension will be received by the Granville County until 2:00 p.m. local time March 26, 2024 in the Conference Room of Granville County Administration Offices located at 104 Belle Street, Oxford, North Carolina. At said place and time, all Bids that have been duly received, will be publicly opened and read aloud.

 

The project generally consists of construction and/or erection of approximately 7,500 linear feet of 16-inch water main, 5,300 linear feet of 4-inch water main, 80 linear feet of 6-inch water main, and 50 linear feet of 10-inch water main with valves, hydrants, and related appurtenances.

 

A pre-bid conference will be held at 10:00 am local time March 13, 2024 in the Conference Room of Granville County Administration Offices at 104 Belle Street, Oxford North Carolina. Interested parties are invited to attend this meeting to review the plans, ask for additional information or clarification, and visit the project site.

 

Information and Bidding Documents for the Project can be found at the following designated website: https://www.questcdn.com

 

Digital copies of Bid Documents are available for purchase at www.mcgillassociates.com for a fee of $50.00 per set. These documents may be downloaded by selecting this project from the “Bids” link and by entering Quest Project Number 8868564. For assistance and free membership registration, contact QuestCDN at (952) 233-1632 or info@questcdn.com. Neither the Owner nor the Engineer will be responsible for full or partial sets of Bidding Documents, including any Addenda, obtained from any source other than QuestCDN. Each Bidder shall be responsible for the review of all addenda for the project and shall acknowledge the addenda on the bid form.

 

Each bid shall be accompanied with a cash deposit or certified check drawn on a bank or trust company insured by the FDIC or a Bid Bond prepared on the form of Bid Bond contained in the Bidding Documents or a Surety Company’s standard form and properly executed by a corporate surety licensed under the laws of North Carolina to execute such bonds. The amount of the bid bond shall be equal to five (5) percent of the total of the bid. The bid deposit shall be retained by the Owner if the successful bidder fails to execute the contract or fails to provide the required bonds, as stated above, within ten (10) days after the proper notice of award of the contract.

 

Bidders must comply with the requirements of the State of North Carolina and be appropriately licensed as a Contractor as provided in General Statutes Chapter 87.

 

Neither the Owner nor the Engineer will be responsible for full or partial sets of Bidding Documents, including any Addenda, obtained from any source other than the Owner’srepresentative, McGill Associates, P.A. Each Bidder shall be responsible for the review of all addenda for the project and shall acknowledge the addenda on the bid form.

 

The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, to waive informalities, or to reject non-conforming, non-responsive, or conditional bids. The Owner reserves the right to award a contract to the lowest, responsive, responsible bidder or bidders, taking into consideration quality, performance and time.

 

Granville County has adopted a “Minority Business Participation Outreach Plan” (MBPOP). The goal of Granville County in adopting its Plan is for the expansion of participation by historically underutilized businesses (HUB) in construction projects as defined in GS 143 -128.2 (g). Equal access and opportunity to participate in all aspects of construction projects shall be provided to HUB. It is the policy of the Granville County to award public building contracts without regard to race, religion, color, creed, national origin, sex, age or disabling condition. Each bidder shall make a good faith effort and shall document such efforts to utilize minority businesses and comply with the Granville County’s plan.

Board of Commissioners Retreat Notice – February 19, 2024

Posted February 16, 2024

 

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville County Expo & Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC on Monday, February 19, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. for the first day of their annual retreat.

 

February 19, 2024 Agenda

 

Any questions should be directed to Debra Weary, Clerk to the Board, at 919-603-1307 or emailed to  debra.weary@granvillecounty.org

Notice for Bids – North Granville Senior Center

Pursuant to Section 143-129 of the General Statutes of North Carolina, sealed proposals endorsed “Granville County Senior Center” will be received by Granville County at the Granville County Administration Office Conference, 104 Belle Street, Oxford, NC 27565, until 3:00 P.M., on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at which time they will be publicly opened and read.

 

Bids shall be reviewed by the Owner for the furnishing of labor, material and equipment entering into the construction of the Granville County Senior Center. Bidders shall be advised of the results. Bids will be received for a Single Prime Contract.

 

An open Pre-Bid Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 10:00 am at the Granville County Stovall Library, located at 300 Main Street, Stovall, NC. This meeting will address project-specific questions, issues, bidding procedures, and bid forms.

 

Complete plans and specifications for this project are available free of charge for a Digital Download or for a $350.00 (refundable) deposit by cash or certified check for hard copies. Either format can be obtained from Oakley Collier Architects, 109 Candlewood Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804 (252) 937-2500, or by emailing Ashley Seaman (aseaman@oakleycollier.com) beginning February 19, 2024, during normal office hours.

 

Owner: Granville County
PO Box 877
Oxford, NC 27565

 

Architect: Oakley Collier Architects, PA
109 Candlewood Road
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

March 2024 Election Early Voting Begins February 15

Posted February 12, 2024

 

Early Voting for the March 5, 2024 Election begins on Thursday, February 15 and continues through Saturday, March 2. Information about the offices on the ballot for voters along with detailed information about voting precincts may be found on the Granville County Board of Elections website or by calling 919-693-2515.

 

As of 2023, valid photo identification is required to vote. Information about approved forms of identification and North Carolina’s voter photo ID requirement can be found on the NC State Board of Elections website. You may also visit the Board of Elections website to verify your voter registration is current and valid.

 

Early Voting Locations

 

Oxford Public Works building         127 Penn Avenue Oxford, NC 27565
South Branch Library 1550 South Campus Drive Creedmoor
Tar River Elementary School 2642 Philo White Road Franklinton

 

Early Voting Dates and Times (applies to all locations)

 

Thursday, February 15 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 16 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Monday, February 19 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 20 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 21 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 22 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 23 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Monday, February 26 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 27 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 28 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 29 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 1 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cooperative Extension Pruning Workshop

Posted February 9, 2024

 

 

Granville County Cooperative Extension will host a pruning workshop in partnership with Person County Cooperative Extension. The workshop will give an overview on best practices for tree pruning and the session is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required!
 
Date: Saturday, February 17
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: 450 C.C. Andrews Road, Timberlake
 

Board of Commissioners Annual Retreat – February 19 & 23, 2024

Posted February 9, 2024

 

The Granville County Board of Commissioners will meet at the Granville County Expo & Convention Center, 4185 Highway 15, Oxford, NC on Monday, February 19, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. and on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. for their annual retreat.

 

Any questions should be directed to Debra A. Weary, Clerk to the Board, at 919-603-1307 or emailed to  debra.weary@granvillecounty.org 

Board of Commissioners Meeting Recap – February 5, 2024

Posted February 7, 2024

 

The Granville County Board of Commissioners held a regular meeting on Monday, February 5 at the Granville County Convention and Expo Center. The meeting featured the presentation of the annual financial audit report from Granville County’s auditing firm, Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams, and Co., P.A. An annual audit is required by the North Carolina Local Government Commission (LGC) to ensure that local governments are conducting business in compliance with state regulations and utilizing best financial practices. The fiscal year 2022-2023 audit resulted in an “unmodified” opinion by the auditors, meaning that the information provided by Granville County staff accurately reflects the current financial status of the county.

 

In other business conducted on February 5, the Board of Commissioners:

 

– Concluded a property tax exemption appeal hearing that began on November 20, 2023, and upheld the Tax Administrator’s original decision to exempt a parsonage and 1 acre from property taxes but not the remaining 9.15-acre and adjacent 10.17-acre property located on Halcyon Way in Stem. The property owner requested an exemption on both properties for religious purposes.

– Received the Tax Administrator’s Report of 2023 Tax Year Collections and approved the advertisement of tax liens in a local newspaper in addition to notification by United States Postal Service.

– Approved the renewal of a contract for project management software, Power DMS, for the Granville County Sheriff’s Office at a cost of $11,476.01 utilizing the United States Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture account.

– Approved the purchase of ammunition for annual training and duty requirements for the Granville County Sheriff’s Office from Kiesler Police Supply at a cost of $17,377.51.

– Approved the reclassification of the Animal Control Supervisor position to Deputy Animal Services Manager.

– Reappointed Annie Nesbitt (District 1), Leonard Overton (District 2), Harold Satterwhite (District 4), and Ajulo Othow Norman (District 4) to the Oxford Zoning Board of Adjustment.

– Approved Budget Amendment #6 for fiscal year 2023-2024.

– Approved Project Ordinance Amendment #5 – School Facility Repair Project to repair HVAC chillers at C.G. Credle Elementary School, Granville Central High School, and possible future HVAC repairs.

– Approved Tax Refunds, Releases, & Write-Offs for December 21, 2023 – January 24, 2024.

– Approved Board of Commissioners meeting minutes from November 6, 2023, November 20, 2023, and December 4, 2023.

 

The next meetings of the Granville County Board of Commissioners will be the annual two-day budget retreat, scheduled for Monday, February 19 at 3:00 p.m. and Friday, February 23 at 9:00 a.m. at the Granville County Convention and Expo Center.

 

To stay informed about upcoming meetings of the Board of Commissioners, visit the Granville County website www.granvillecounty.org where you can sign up for the “Sunshine List” and follow the county on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GranvilleCountyGov.

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