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Frequently Asked Questions

The fiscal year for Buncombe County begins on July 1 and ends on June 30.

Yes. An independent external auditing firm audits Buncombe County annually. The opinion letter from this firm can be found in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Copies of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report are also available at the Finance Department and at local libraries.

Audit reports, including findings and recommendations, are public knowledge. Work papers, including the Internal Auditor’s notes and other paperwork used in the course of the audit, are confidential.

Buncombe County Schools and Asheville City Schools are separate entities from Buncombe County Government. The County does provide funding for all local schools, and more detailed information can be found in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. If you have further questions please contact the school system directly:

Buncombe County Schools
175 Bingham Road
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 255-5921

Asheville City Schools
PO Box 7347
85 Mountain Street
Asheville, NC 28802
(828) 350-7000

Buncombe County’s tax rate is $0.604 per $100 valuation. The following chart shows a comparison of this tax rate to the state average and to the counties surrounding Buncombe.

Begin by contacting the North Carolina Taxpayer Assistance department at 828-667-5087. They should be able to connect you with the correct person.