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Paying property taxes

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

Hamblen County’s property tax rate is $1.64 per $100 of assessed value for property and homeowners outside the city limits and $1.05 for residents living inside the city of Morristown.

Residents outside the city limits pay an additional 21 cents on the tax rate to finance garbage, recycling, pickup and disposal. They pay a total of $1.85 per $100 of assessed value.

The deadline to pay city taxes without penalty is Nov. 30, while the county deadline is Feb. 28.

County taxes may be paid at the City Center, the County Trustee’s office in the County Courthouse or at the county office in College Square Mall.

Hamblen County homeowners 65 and older can get help with their property taxes through two different plans: the State Property Tax Relief Program and/or the Hamblen County Property Tax Freeze Program. 

The State Property Tax Relief Program pays a portion of the property taxes for seniors and disabled persons who meet certain eligibility requirements. 

The program pays up to $100 for eligible property owners who live within the Morristown city limits and up to $113 for eligible property owners who live outside the city limits.

 Eligibility requirements are: 

– Must be 65 or older on or before Dec. 31, 2012. 

– Must own and use the property as your primary residence. 

– The combined 2012 annual income for all owners of the property and the income at the applicant’s household must not exceed $26,830 for 2011. 

The Hamblen County Property Tax Freeze Program helps seniors by freezing their property taxes at current amounts for city and county residents. 

 The program was adopted by the Hamblen County Commission in 2007 to help control property tax increases for property owners 65 and older whose income does not exceed the income limit set by the state. 

 The tax is frozen at the amount for the year the property owner initially qualifies for the program. 

 The tax amount will not increase as long as the property owner meets the eligibility requirements and there are no improvements to the property that would increase its value. 

 Eligibility requirements are the same as for the state tax relief program except the income level is slightly higher: $27,390. 

 To sign up for either or both of these programs or for more information, contact Hamblen County Trustee John Baskette at the Courthouse at 423-586-6290, or the county office in College Square Mall at 423-318-1536. 

 City property owners must contact the City Tax office at 423-585-4607.