Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Giles County Commission rejects Senior tax Freeze

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Concerns raised during Monday’s meeting included questions posed to Giles County Trustee JoAnn Townsend and Giles County Tax Assessor Steve McGill. Both said they would need to hire an additional person for their respective offices to handle the tax freeze program.

Townsend and McGill explained that additional paperwork would have to be handled each year, with McGill adding that field work would increase due to the need to inspect the properties of each applicant.

Some commissioners who spoke on the issue estimated the minimum start-up cost of the tax freeze program at $50,000.

Commissioner Wendell Wilburn noted that 80 percent to 95 percent of the people who would be qualified for the tax freeze program are already served by the state’s Tax Relief program.

“This will only put more burden on other taxpayers,” Wilburn said.