New Hanover County Resident Complains About Vehicle Tax

WILMINGTON -- A New Hanover County resident has a complaint about the tax bill he pays for his vehicle.

That beef has revealed what some call a shortcoming in the way the auto taxes are determined.

Michael Budda says he's paying too much in taxes for his 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo.

According to the state, it's worth $13,100, but Kelly Blue Book says it should sell for around $9,000.

He says this year, he paid an extra $41 in taxes, and the county tax administrator won't refund his money.

The county tax administrator says bills are based on the value of your car on January 1.

So if you receive your bill in June, any miles you've put on your car or any damage will not count on your bill.

Reported by Kacey Gaumer