County Trustee to bill and collect Franklin and Brentwood property taxes
By Carole Robinson, Senior Staff Writer
The cities of Brentwood and Franklin recently approved an interlocal agreement with the Williamson County Trustee’s office for billing and collecting the municipalities’ property taxes, as well as administering state and local tax relief programs.
In the past, property owners in the two cities received a tax bill from the county and one from the city, often causing confusion. Beginning in late September when the tax bills are mailed, property owners will receive one bill and they will be able to pay that bill in one place with one check or other payment options.
|Williamson County Trustee Joey Davis; Donna Ryan, bookkeeper; Tanna Glenn, office adminstrator and Wesley Hallquist, clerk review new tax collecting procedures with Lisa Jackson, tax relief coordinator. Photo by Carole Robinson
For several years conversations regarding streamlining billing and tax collections have taken place between the county and one or both cities.
During the past year, conversation moved to an agreement between the three governments.
“This always applied to Thompson’s Station, Nolensville and FSSD school taxes,” said Trustee Joey Davis. “This office collected all their property taxes and administered the state and county tax relief programs for them. The bottom line reason is because this is the right thing to do for the right reason.”
When all Williamson County property owners receive their tax bill later this month, it will list the county’s tax, the municipality’s tax where applicable, and for those in the Franklin Special School District, it will show the school board’s tax with the total of all applicable taxes.
“It’s for customer convenience. Why should people have to go to two places to pay their taxes?” Davis said.
According to the agreement, the trustee’s office will split the payments monthly and transfer Brentwood and Franklin’s share of the tax collections to the appropriate accounts in the same manner it has always done for their sales tax collections.
The municipalities will pay a small fee for the service to the trustee, which will be placed into the county general fund.
“We think this is going to be a smooth transition for people,” Davis said. “It’s going to save people from having to deal with two government entities and (it will) shrink government.”
The trustee will also execute the State of Tennessee Property Tax Relief Program for eligible Elderly Homeowners, for eligible Disabled Homeowners and the Williamson County Broad Base Tax Relief Program and Property Tax Freeze program for those who qualify.
The State property tax relief program provides tax relief to property owners age 65 and older whose property is their primary residence and the combined 2012 income of the applicant, spouse and all co-owners from all income sources does not exceed $27,800.
Disabled homeowners must be totally and permanently disabled as rated by Social Security Administration or other qualified agency, provide evidence of age, own and use the property as the primary residence and have an annual combined 2012 income of applicant, spouse and all co-owners from all income sources of no more than $27,800.
The Williamson County tax relief program is provided and funded through county government.
It provides relief for property taxes, a portion of the county wheel tax, a portion of sales tax dollars and any other direct Williamson County tax. Qualifications for this local program are the same as the above programs, except the combined 2012 income of the applicant, applicant’s spouse and all co-owners for all income sources may not exceed $33,500.
The County Property Tax Freeze program freezes property taxes on a primary residence and up to five acres of a qualified owner’s property at the qualifying year’s tax amount, which remains in effect as long as the applicant is qualified.
For this program, qualifications are the same as the other programs, except the combined 2012 income of the applicant; applicant’s spouse and all co-owners for all income sources may not exceed $49,980.
For more information about the various tax relief programs, call the Trustee’s office at 790-5709 for an appointment to speak with Tax Relief Coordinator, Lisa Jackson.
“We hope to include Fairview and the Williamson County side of Spring Hill next year,” Davis said.
To avoid penalty and interest, 2013 taxes must be paid by Feb. 28, 2014. The tax bills, which will be in the mail by the end of September, will provide several payment options.
Posted on: 9/5/2013