HCA, Buncombe mediation over Mission property leads to $1.2M tax hit –


Mission Hospital, at 509 Biltmore Avenue.

ASHEVILLE – Property value negotiations in June between Buncombe County and HCA Healthcare resulted in an agreement that will see the for-profit hospital giant pay $1.2 million less in taxes this season, including more than $131,000 to Asheville City Schools.

HCA in 2020 and 2021 appealed Buncombe County property tax valuations for its 28-acre Mission Hospital property in Asheville at 509 Biltmore Ave., alleging the county was appraising the property millions of dollars above its actual value. Mission Hospital was a nonprofit entity until it was purchased by HCA in 2019 for $1.5 billion.

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According to a Sept. 1 email from Buncombe County Tax Assessor Keith Miller to the Board of Commissioners, the county manager’s office and city of Asheville officials, these are the county’s 2020 assessed Mission Hospital property values compared to HCA’s valuation along with the valuation Buncombe now agrees to:

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