Who ought to pay for property tax reappraisals? Clarksville and Montgomery County work out deal

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – Since 2016, the Metropolis of Clarksville and Montgomery County have been at an deadlock over who ought to pay for property tax reappraisals, and the way a lot they need to pay. The governments are actually figuring out a deal to resolve the difficulty.

County Mayor Jim Durrett informed county commissioners this week that it was found the town had not been paying for its a part of the reappraisals, that are achieved each 5 years in each county in Tennessee.

Metropolis stopped paying years in the past

Laurie Matta, chief monetary officer for the Metropolis of Clarksville, mentioned the town stopped paying for the service in 2016, when she was alerted by the assessor’s workplace that the regulation had modified.

“I discovered if we adopted the state’s system, we might have paid $750,000 that 12 months (2017),” Matta informed Clarksville Now, noting she was notified of this transformation in regulation in 2016.

Matta mentioned the best way regulation was worded was that within the absence of any settlement, the town could be liable for paying half of the prices of the reappraisal.

In keeping with state regulation, “Within the absence of any settlement between the county and the cities thereof imposing a property tax, native prices of reappraisal of property throughout the Metropolis shall be paid one half by the county and one half by the Metropolis. Any metropolis paying one half of native prices of reappraisal pursuant to this part shall pay these prices on to the county authorities with jurisdiction over the property being reappraised and shall pay these prices through the fiscal 12 months by which the reappraisal is finalized.”

Matta mentioned the important thing phrases in that regulation are “within the absence of any settlement.”

“Town had been paying since 1998,” she mentioned, noting that the quantity was a mean of $56,650.

When Montgomery County Property Assessor Erinne Hester informed Matta that the regulation had modified, she mentioned the town must pay $750,000 that 12 months.

“I informed her we will’t afford that,” Matta mentioned.

Understanding settlement

Matta mentioned she inspired the town and county to develop an settlement.

Complicating issues is that not like most counties in Tennessee with two, three and even eight cities, Montgomery County has just one metropolis: Clarksville.

“Principally, what it’s, is the town has not been paying any of the price. We approached them, the state regulation says they need to pay half,” County Mayor Jim Durrett informed the fee.

Durrett mentioned that after some negotiation, the town and county have come to an settlement the place the town has agreed to pay one-fourth of the working price range of the Assessor’s Workplace yearly.

“It will likely be a five-year interlocal settlement. The settlement can have language in it in case there may be some huge capital price that the Assessor’s Workplace undergoes like some huge know-how got here by way of and so they wish to buy, and so there (might be formulation) within the interlocal settlement.

“That interlocal settlement is within the Metropolis of Clarksville’s fingers now. We hope to have it again; it’s not in from (the town) but,” Durrett mentioned.

Grateful for a decision

Property Assessor Hester mentioned she appreciates the efforts of the 2 mayors.

“I actually respect the affable method Mayor Durrett and Mayor (Joe) Pitts approached this,” she mentioned. “It has been the subject of dialog so long as I’ve been within the Assessor’s Workplace. It will likely be good to have one thing everybody can discuss with on a neighborhood stage, and that is the primary time there has ever been a finalized price sharing settlement.”

If the town agrees to the phrases, county commissioners will vote on the difficulty through the subsequent assembly on Monday, Aug. 8.

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