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CorneliusNews.net: Cornelius Board Calls For Audit Of Assessor's Office

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Cornelius commissioners called formally on Monday for an audit of the Mecklenburg County Assessor's Office, requesting "immediate corrective action" to fix what they believe are errors in the 2011 property revaluation. The Town Board unanimously approved a resolution at its meeting Monday night expressing the support for an external audit of the assessor's office. Town officials said they planned to deliver it to county commissioners at their meeting Tuesday night. "If they're telling us they did it right, then they should be willing to undergo an audit," Mayor Pro Tem Lynette Rinker said at the meeting. An audit would either identify errors or re-instill citizens' confidence in the process, she said. The resolution follows months of back-and-forth with county officials and extensive work from citizen-led community groups who believe the county violated state statutes and made assessment errors during the 2011 revaluation. Click here to read previous CorneliusNews.net coverage of the 2011 revaluation. Also Monday, the board: Unanimously approved an agreement allowing for the town to partner with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity to rehabilitate a home on N. Ferry Street. The brick home, at 19907 N. Ferry St. has fallen into disrepair and sits boarded up. Under the agreement, the town will receive $28,098 in Community Development Block Grant funds from the county, and would then pass those funds along to Habitat. Habitat officials have said they should be able to complete the renovations by the end of the year and make the home available for a low-to-moderate income family. Heard a presentation about the town's tree inventory and forestry needs. Saw a design presentation from Ratio, the architects in charge of the Diverging Diamond Interchange project for the Exit 28 interchange, and offered suggestions for improvements. Unanimously voted to proclaim May 19 as National Kids to Parks Day, organized by the National Parks Trust as a way to encourage kids and families to get out and enjoy the nation's parks. Unanimously approved a resolution to amend the regular schedule of board meetings to include 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. pre-meetings. Approved a resolution to pursue grant funding for the "bookend" intersections, adjacent to the Exit 28 interchange. The town hopes to upfit those intersections in conjunction with the Diverging Diamond Interchange construction, scheduled for 2013.