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County property tax deadline approaches

Robert Houk • Feb 13, 2019 at 6:18 PM

The deadline to pay Washington County property tax bills for 2018 is Feb. 28. Beginning March 1, a 1.5 percent penalty will be attached to the tax bill until the full amount is paid.

Washington County Trustee Rick Storey said Tuesday a little more than 64 percent of the county’s tax bills have been paid as of early January. He expects to see a “steady flow” of tax payments coming into his office before the deadline next week. 

“We had a big tray of mail come in yesterday,” Storey said. “We collected more than $200,000 in payments in just one day.

The trustee’s office sent out more than 63,000 tax notices in October. Those bills cover both commercial and residential properties.

County officials say property owners should keep in mind there is a difference between the appraised value of their homes and the amount that they are assessed for tax purposes. Residential property is taxed at 25 percent of its assessed value, while commercial property is taxed at 40 percent of assessed value.

The trustee said his office has seen an increase this year in the number of taxpayers paying their bills online. Storey said most residents still prefer to send their checks by mail, or make their payments in person at one of his office’s two locations in the Washington County Courthouse, Jonesborough, and the County Clerk/Trustee office at 378 Marketplace Blvd., Suite 1, Johnson City.

Office hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 753-1601 for more information.

Checks should be mailed to Washington County Trustee, P.O. Box 215, Jonesborough, TN 37659. Taxpayers can pay online by going to washingtoncountytn.org/government/trustee.

The state provides property tax relief to elderly and disabled property owners. To qualify, a homeowner must be 65 years old, or be totally and permanently disabled as rated by the Social Security Administration or other qualified agency. Annual income for all property owners applying for tax relief must be less than $29,270.

The state will pay as much as $153.70 on a participant’s tax bill, with the county making a similar match.

Tennessee also offers property tax relief for veterans and their widows or widowers. Veterans must qualify through the state’s Department of Veterans Services to be eligible to receive up to $975.14 from the state for their property tax bills.

 

 

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