By law, realtors are not allowed to discuss neighborhood crime and absolutely cannot pronounce whether a neighborhood is safe or not. You can get area crime stats on the general area. Another proactive thing you can do is drive around a neighborhood you are interested in and stop and speak to neighbors - they'll tell you anything! As far as the taxes, Charlotte's property taxes are what they are. Are they worth it? I like having reliable police and fire protection, so I would say yes. Best success!