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Old 05-31-2010, 10:08 AM
Location: Temporarily in a Cary Apartment
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I am getting so confused on where town limits end and what property taxes should be. I am looking at homes in the same zip code, yet they have up to 4 different town names for the same zip code. Then within this, the tax rates are all over the place. I even see the same town name in different counties. What is up with this?
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Old 05-31-2010, 10:23 AM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Not sure why it is - but it is! I live in Wake Forest - zip 27587, Wake County - but could also life in the same town and zip code, yet be in Franklin or Granville county!
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Old 05-31-2010, 10:27 AM
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Zip codes relate only to the mail system and have absolutely nothing to do with political boundaries. Some cities will be covered by more than one zip code; some zip codes will cover more than one city.

Some towns in NC cross county boundaries. For example, Cary crosses into Chatham county (from Wake county), and Chapel Hill crosses into Chatham and Durham counties (from Orange county).

Also note that mailing addresses may not accurately reflect the actual town a property is in.

Bottom line - don't use mailing information (city name or zip code) to determine what jurisdiction a property is actually in.

Property tax rates may vary within a city if, for example, there are fire district rates or school district rates. In Chapel Hill and Carrboro, there are school district rates for those portions of Chapel Hill within Orange county. See this table for more confusing data:

Orange County NC Revenue Department
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Old 05-31-2010, 11:53 AM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Towns/cities are in more than one county because they grew and crossed county lines. This is not unique to NC--in fact, from your handle, I'm assuming you live in the Atlanta area, another area of exploding growth; I would imagine it is the same way there? As another said, zip codes are a postal service designation and while they can and have been used for many other demographic reasons, their real purpose is only in regards to mail delivery, not home values or taxes. It's one tool, certainly, but flawed as a be-all, end-all way to look for property.
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