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Resolution RS2020-352

A resolution requesting the Davidson County Delegation to the Tennessee General Assembly to consider increasing the maximum income limits for eligibility in property tax relief programs for elderly Tennesseans. 

WHEREAS, the property tax assistance program for elderly low-income homeowners established pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated § 67-5-702 sets an income limitation for participants. The income limit is increased annually to reflect the cost of living adjustment for social security recipients as determined by the social security administration and is $29,860 for Fiscal Year 2019-2020; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated § 67-5-705, the Metropolitan Government has implemented a property tax freeze program for homeowners in Davidson County age 65 and older; and

WHEREAS, in order to be eligible for the property tax freeze program under Tennessee Code Annotated § 67-5-705, a participant’s income cannot exceed the median household income for Davidson County, which is presently $43,810; and

WHEREAS, over the past few years, property values have increased dramatically around Nashville and many elderly Nashvillians are unable to afford their property taxes, but their income is too high to qualify for the property tax relief programs; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Tennessee General Assembly consider modifying state law to increase the maximum income level for participation in the elderly property tax relief program and the property tax freeze program and to periodically review whether this maximum income level is sufficient to assist elderly Tennesseans.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That the Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record as requesting the Davidson County Delegation to the Tennessee General Assembly to consider increasing the maximum income limits for eligibility in property tax relief programs for elderly Tennesseans.

Section 2. That the Metropolitan Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Resolution to each member of the Davidson County Delegation to the Tennessee General Assembly.

Section 3. That this Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Jonathan Hall, Sharon Hurt, Russ Bradford, Burkley Allen, Zulfat Suara

Legislative History

Referred toRules, Confirmations, and Public Elections Committee

IntroducedJune 2, 2020

AdoptedJune 2, 2020

ApprovedJune 3, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 06/07/2020 3:11 PM