Contact: Chuck Grimes
April 11, 2008  
Phone: (615) 741-1967

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) announced today that, according to the office of the Comptroller of the Treasury, sixteen local governments in Tennessee have adopted the Property Tax Freeze for senior citizens. The program, allowed by a 2006 constitutional amendment and enacted by law in 2007, offers a freeze on the property taxes of those 65 years of age and older who earn less than certain set amounts in each local jurisdiction. Though the Tennessee Constitution and general law allowed the freeze, local governments must adopt the program within such local areas for it to apply to eligible seniors.

“As our federal ‘Tax Day’ approaches, I am very pleased to see some tax relief offered in 13 of our counties and 3 of our municipalities. As great as that is, I want to see this move taken by every local government in the state. It is time for people across Tennessee to communicate their desire for tax relief to their county and municipal legislative bodies,” Norris commented. He further stated that, “In an age in which we demand more openness and communication in government, the topic of local tax assistance for seniors is a very worthy conversation for all citizens to have with their officials. I encourage everyone, of all ages, to contact your county commissioner or city councilman or alderman and ask for this available relief.”

From the time of the enactment of the freeze in 2007, it has been adopted by Anderson, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Davidson, Hamblen, Knox, Montgomery, Roane, Smith, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson Counties and the Cities of Goodlettsville, Memphis, and Manchester. To provide more information on the program, Senator Norris created the web site

Senator Norris represents the West Tennessee Counties of Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton, and Shelby.

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