Tax Assessor's Office


  • Tarasa Lewis, Tax Administrator
  • Kaitlin Keel, Deputy Tax Assessor  
  • Eddie Lilley, Real Property Appraiser
  • Myra Whitley, Personal Property Appraiser
  • Hunter Johnson, GIS Coordinator
  • Kimberly Penwell, Tax Assistant 
The Tax Assessor’s office lists, maps, and assesses taxes on real property parcels, motor vehicles, businesses, and personal property listings in Edgecombe County. It is the Assessor’s responsibility to assure that all properties are appraised fairly and equitably.

The majority of Edgecombe County’s general fund comes from property taxes generated through the assessment of real estate, personal property, and motor vehicles. Property owners each pay a share of the cost of County services by paying taxes proportional to the value of their property. Property taxes are based on the assessed value of land, buildings, and personal property.
What This Department Does
  • Appraises real estate, mobile homes, motor vehicles, boats, motors, jet skis, rental residential personal property, and business personal property for ad valorem property taxes purposes
  • Calculates and creates all real and personal property taxes for all taxing jurisdictions within Edgecombe County
  • Receives and processes applications for tax exemptions, exclusions, and deferments
  • Processes motor vehicle tax refunds/prorations
  • Provides tax information to the public and legal professionals
What This Department Does Not Do
  • Set property tax rates. Tax rates are set by the Board of County Commissioners in June each year.
  • Collect tax payment for real property, personal property, and motor vehicles. Remove blocks from Motor Vehicles. Contact the Tax Collector’s Office
  • Determine how taxes are used
  • Have available State and Federal incomes tax forms. Issue business licenses
  • Have available information on property liens and/or personal judgments
  • Handle maintenance of streets, roads, highways, or ditches; Contact: NC Department of Transportation
  • Issue license stickers for motor vehicles: Contact: NC Division of Motor Vehicles
Common Terms
Ad Valorem Tax-- A tax imposed on properties in proportion to each one's value. The most common are the ad valorem taxes imposed on real and personal property, which are based on the assessed or appraised values.

Situs-- Physical location of where personal property is located. This information is used to determine proper taxing jurisdictions.