I have contacted ALL
170 NC Legislators and have only gotten a response from Jeff Jackson, who has been superb. But he is only one voice.
The county I live in falls under NC Session Law 2013-362, which is a state law enacted to ensure correct property values for tax purposes. As a result of highly criticized 2011 revaluations, I am now subject to losing my home for a $43,400 value increase – more than 60% (they claim it is just an adjustment to the incorrect 2011 valuation) that leaves me owing thousands of dollars to the county, plus retroactive interest, which if not paid, will result in forfeiture of my home. I have a disabled son who depends on me to keep him in a safe environment. If we lose our home, we have no place to go. He will have no choice but an institution. This is happening to us right how, and because it is state law, can happen to residents in all 100 counties of North Carolina.
Staring in 2016, if you are homeless, you don’t get to vote due to having no verifiable permanent address which makes it nearly impossible to get an ID. So, this is not only a ridiculous tax scheme, it can result in voter suppression as well.
Any assistance you can give in the form of pressure on the legislature, publicity, or just a kind email saying “wow, that truly sucks” would be appreciated.
I have created a change.org petition, which so far has only 184 signatures.
Here is a link to the law that is about to make me and my family homeless. http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2013/Bills/Senate/HTML/S159v4.html
Thank you for your time,
Lisa Heenan, future homeless person thanks to NC Legislature