Property taxes likely going up in seven East Tennessee counties

Property taxes likely going up in seven East Tennessee counties

Property taxes in at least seven of East Tennessee’s 34 counties are likely to go up, according to those county’s property appraisers.

Residents in two East Tennessee counties will pay higher property taxes for the 2016-17 fiscal year, while people in five other counties will likely do the same, property appraisers say.

Officials in two East Tennessee counties say they are lowering property taxes.

Residents who live in 15 East Tennessee counties will see no change.

Officials in 10 East Tennessee counties, meanwhile, say they have yet to determine if property tax rates will go up, go down, or stay the same for the new fiscal year.

As reported, property taxes are going up in two West Tennessee counties and seven Middle Tennessee counties.

WHERE PROPERTY TAXES ARE GOING UP OR LIKELY GOING UP PER $100 OF ASSESSED VALUE

 • Bradley County: The rate will increase from $2.2161 to $ 2.2933.

• Morgan County: The current rate is $3.10, but commissioners will likely increase it to $3.13, per a recommendation from the state.

• Cocke County: The current rate is $2.5872, but county commissioners may increase it by 10 additional cents, according to the county’s Property Appraiser Office.

• Hamblen County: The current rate is $1.99, but county commissioners are studying proposals to increase it, although members of the Property Appraiser’s Office said they could not offer specifics.

• Washington County: The rate is $1.9798, but the rate will increase by 40 additional cents.

Melville Bailey (photo courtesy of Hawkins' County's official website)

Melville Bailey (photo courtesy of Hawkins’ County’s official website)

• Johnson County: The current rate is $1.81, but commissioners may increase it to $2.05.

• Hawkins County: The current rate is $2.465, although state officials have suggested increasing it to $2.5323, said County Mayor Melville Bailey.

WHERE PROPERTY TAXES ARE GOING DOWN PER $100 OF ASSESSED VALUE

• Meigs County: The rate will decrease from $2.1726 to $1.9813.

• Grainger County: The rate will likely decrease from $2.50 to $2.42, per a state recommendation, members of the Property Appraiser’s Office said.

WHERE PROPERTY TAXES WILL STAY THE SAME

 • Overton County: The rate will remain $2.25.

• Pickett County: The rate will remain $1.87.

• Hamilton County: The rate will remain $2.7652

• Polk County: County spokesman Chuck Wilcox told Tennessee Watchdog he does not know the county’s current property tax rate, but he said that whatever it is it will not change.

• Monroe County: The rate will remain $2.0942.

• Loudon County: The rate will remain $1.8587.

• Blount County: The rate will remain $2.47.

• Knox County: The rate will remain $2.32.

• Scott County: The rate will remain $2.37.

• Campbell County: The rate will remain $2.25.

• Union County: The rate will remain $2.17.

• Jefferson County: The rate will remain $2.35.

BLOUNT COUNTY: Property taxes will remain at $2.47 per $100 of assessed value (photo courtesy of Blount County's official website).

BLOUNT COUNTY: Property taxes will remain at $2.47 per $100 of assessed value (photo courtesy of Blount County’s official website).

• Sullivan County: The rate will remain $2.5754.

• Unicoi County: The rate will remain $2.6838.

• Carter County: The rate will remain $2.45.

STILL UNDETERMINED

 • Fentress County: The current rate is $1.9839. County commissioners will not set a new rate until Aug. 22, said county spokeswoman Amanda Hicks.

• Cumberland County: The current rate is $1.5275. County commissioners will set a new rate sometime before Sept. 1.

• Rhea County: The current rate is $2.0966. Members of the county’s Property Appraiser Office said they don’t know when county commissioners will set a new rate.

• McMinn County: The current rate is $1.6155. Members of the Property Appraiser Office do not know if or when commissioners will change it.

• Roane County: The current rate is $2.575. County officials said they have heard nothing about any proposed changes.

• Anderson County: The current county rate is $2.7903.

• Sevier County: The current rate is $1.88. County commissioners will set a rate for the new fiscal year before September.

• Claiborne County: The current rate is $2.48.

• Greene County: The current rate is $1.8731

• Hancock County: The current rate is $0.02465.

Contact Christopher Butler at chris@tennesseewatchdog.org 

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