By Mike Webb,
Lewis Co. Trustee
I hope this finds everyone doing well. As of this writing, the county general fund balance is $992,146.56. Since property tax bills were mailed in October, we have collected roughly 21 percent, and are just a little ahead of where we were this time last year.
If you still have 2017 taxes that are unpaid, those must be paid prior to paying 2018 taxes. You may make partial payments. Current year property tax payments may be mailed, paid in the office, paid online at www.TennesseeTrustee.org, or paid at Peoples Bank.
Property taxes are due and payable from October until February of each year. The tax year runs from January through December. Taxes become delinquent on March 1 every year. Property taxes then remain in the trustee’s office until turned over to the Clerk and Master which, by statute, must be done. That is one reason we allow partial payment to help make it a little easier to pay property taxes.
We make every effort to track down changes in addresses when tax bills are returned to us. If you have moved or sold your property and our office is not notified or the Property Assessor’s office is not notified, you may not receive a tax bill. Any property taxes or roll back taxes that may be due when selling property should be worked out and prorated at the time of closing. If you are owner-financing property for someone and the buyer is to pay the taxes, we have no way of knowing that. If the bill comes to you may forward it to the buyer or let us know, and we’ll be happy to send a bill to them.
I am pleased to inform you that our audit by the Tennessee State Comptrollers Office has been released and the Trustee’s office had no findings again this year.
As always, should you have any questions regarding your property tax bill, we are happy to help in any way we can. Office hours are M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, or you may call 931-796-2226.