A revamped Tax Equalization Board has nearly cleared a backlog of more than 200 property-tax appeals, Beaufort County officials announced Monday.
A year ago, the board was swamped with nearly 200 pending appeals dating as far back as 2009. The panel was in such disarray, the county shut it down for several months. Beaufort County Council voted to restructure the board, expanding it from seven members to 15 and breaking it into three smaller boards. That essentially tripled its capacity to hear appeals from owners contesting the assessed value of their property.
The board is scheduled to clear its backlog when it hears its final appeal May 14, according to a news release.