FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chuck Grimes
May 29, 2008
Phone: (615) 741-1967

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — State Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) praised the Mayor and Commissioners of Shelby County today for adopting the property tax freeze for senior citizens under an Act which he passed into law during the first half of the 105th General Assembly.

The Shelby County Commission adopted the program earlier this month and was recently added to the state Comptroller’s listing of recognized jurisdictions participating in it. At present, Shelby County and the City of Memphis are the only local governments in West Tennessee that have opted into the freeze on senior citizens’ property taxes.

Of the program’s adoption in Shelby County, Norris commented, “It pleases me to finally have a county in my district providing this significant form of tax relief for our seniors, and I look forward to seeing the trend expand throughout West Tennessee.” He added, “It is time for counties and municipalities across Tennessee to realize that making home ownership more affordable for senior citizens is fiscally responsible. It increases their prospects of aging with grace and dignity in familiar surroundings which is better for everyone.”

Added to the state’s constitution by a referendum sponsored by Norris in 2006, the freeze program was then enacted into law in 2007 and has been adopted by 17 counties and 7 municipalities in the state.

Senator Norris represents the West Tennessee Counties of Shelby, Tipton, Lauderdale, and Dyer. For more information, visit www.Tennesseniors.com.

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