Rita Ellison, (704) 920-5265
Deputy Tax Collectors:
Vicki Burris, (704) 920-5234
Lisa Blackmon, (704) 920-5235
Shannon Sturdivant, (704) 920-5232
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Special note on the business privilege license tax:
S.L. 2014-3/House Bill 1050 states that effective July 1, 2015, North Carolina local governments no longer have authority to levy the privilege license tax. Any new or existing business will no longer be required to obtain or renew a privilege license. In accordance, renewal notices will not be mailed for current year licenses expiring on June 30, 2015.
Key points of the privilege license tax legislation:
- Elimination of this tax was enacted by the NC Legislature on May 29, 2014.
Frequently asked questions:
Q. What is the current tax rate?
A. $0.48 / $100 valuation.
Q. I'm looking at purchasing a house for $150,000, what would my annual city property tax levy be on this amount?
A. The city's property tax rate is $0.48 per $100 valuation. On a $150,000 house, the annual levy would be $720.00.
Q. When are tax bills due?
A. September 1, however, bills are not delinquent until after January 5 of the following year.
Q. What is the penalty for delinquent payment?
A. 2% in January and 3/4% the first of each month thereafter. Please note that delinquent accounts are turned over to a collection agency and may affect your credit report. Click here to learn more.
Q. Do you have an after-hour depository & drive-thru for payments?
A. Yes, there is a drive-up drop box located on Market Street. Tax Payments may be placed in this drop box. Payments are retrieved at 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each business day.
Q. Do I need my bill to make a payment?
A. It is recommended that you bring your bill when making payments in person, but a tax associate will assist you if circumstances prevent you from having your bill.