Property Tax Freeze Program Can Keep Seniors Home | Davidson County

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Organization leaders have said this awareness campaign for the program in place since 2007 comes as Nashville experiences great economic prosperity and an increase in property values ​​and they want to s ensure that those 65 and over who have a home and want to stay in their Nashville home can do so.

Kenya McGruder, from Nashville, knows the program works. His grandmother is enrolled in the program.

“This program has helped her keep her home here in East Nashville,” said McGruder.

McGruder’s grandmother is 101 years old and has been on the property tax freeze program for some time. She said her grandmother is retired and has a fixed income.

“She also lives in a very popular area of ​​Nashville, so her property taxes have gone up. They are a bit more expensive than others and being in this program has helped her be able to maintain her house and keep her house, ”said McGruder. “She’s been in the program for a long time. When my grandmother turned 100 and when my mom went to pay her property taxes earlier this year, her property taxes were $ 34.

With this new awareness campaign, Metro’s trustee office hopes to spread the word to more elderly Nashvillians.

“Our seniors are very special to us and we want to keep a balanced city. A balanced city is a city with young people, old people and all types of people, ”said Erica Gilmore, administrator of Metro.

“It’s also about creating generational wealth for individuals to create a legacy for our children and our children’s children,” said Clifton Harris, president of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee. “As communities in Davidson County work to recover from the impact of the March 2020 tornado and COVID-19 pandemic and the 34% property tax hike, we remain committed to make sure we are helping our older residents stay at home and age in place. “

Currently, 7,181 people are registered with the land tax freeze program in Davidson County. The leaders of the organization are looking to add 1,500 more qualified owners.

Gilmore said the program is working.

“Homeowners who qualify for this program will see the property tax on their primary residence frozen at the basic level, which is the amount of taxes owed that year. This is the first time they have been eligible for the program, ”said Gilmore. “For example, if a person’s property tax was $ 1,000 last year and their property’s value increased to $ 2,500, if they completed an application and it was approved by the office of the Metropolitan Syndic last year, it would still be $ 1,000. “

Some of the qualifications include an owner 65 years of age or older, and the household income of the person listed on the deed cannot exceed $ 44,510.

“It’s tied to the deed, so for example it could be four or five people living in the house and the income could be $ 200,000, but if there are two people in the house and that the income does not exceed that, it is linked to the act; Let’s say it’s $ 44,000, that’s all we’re looking for, ”Gilmore said.

She said the first year requires a lot of paperwork, but after that the application process is much easier and owners can continue to apply.

“Thereafter, if the homeowner continues to be eligible for the program, the amount of property taxes owed for the property will not change, even if there is an increase in property taxes,” Gilmore said.

“The demographics of Nashville are constantly changing, but how do we help those who wish to stay in Nashville? How do we help those who bought their house and want to keep their family and keep that meaning of their place of origin? Said Sheryl Guinn, president of the Nashville chapter of the NAACP. “This program is making that happen. “

This property tax freeze program applies to residents of Nashville / Davidson County. Applications for this year are available until April 5, 2022.

Click for program information or to apply. You can also find out more about the program by contacting the Metro Trustee’s office at the Howard Office Building on Second Avenue South or by calling 615-862-6330.

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