Shelby County Mayor and Trustee Announce Property Tax Relief for Seniors and Veterans

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Some people living in Shelby County have another reason to be very grateful for Thanksgiving. The Mayor and Shelby County Administrator on Wednesday announced that property tax relief would be available to low-income seniors, residents with disabilities and disabled veterans in the county.

Executives call it a game changer, saying it will make a big difference in thousands of lives.

Cassandra Spearman has another reason to smile when she reunites with her family for Thanksgiving. She has owned her home in Westwood for over 20 years.

Ms. Spearman is one of the recipients of property tax relief in Shelby County. Recently his taxes have gone up making it difficult while living on a fixed income.

She knows she is not alone. There are many who need to spend their money on other things.

County leaders met on Wednesday to discuss expanded property tax relief.

It uses federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to double the amount of relief currently available through the Shelby County Trustee’s Office, which matches the property tax relief of the State.

It increases the maximum amount of assistance available to seniors and people with disabilities from $ 250 to $ 500 and from $ 1,500 to $ 3,000 for veterans with disabilities.

“These are also the people who deserve our collective embrace, our seniors, our veterans, our residents with disabilities,” said Mayor Lee Harris.

The county said last year that more than 8,100 residents had received tax relief.

With the county’s new buddy program, they expect more people to get the help they need.

Shelby County Administrator Regina Morrison Newman said the program was necessary to keep residents in their homes.

“The tax relief program is absolutely vital to keeping our residents in their homes,” she said. “And while we set records, break new records every year, collect more taxes than ever before, at the same time we’ve closed more payment plans than ever.

Spearman now wants to encourage others to apply.

“There is a great need and I hope more people will ask for it because it will help them a lot and I am sure if they need help with their requests they can call and ask someone. ‘one to help them, but they have to do it. know that you have money that you can keep in your pocket, ”she said.

The income limit for elderly and disabled residents is $ 31,190. There is no income limit for disabled veterans, the widowers of a disabled veteran, or the spouse of a soldier killed in action.

To apply for 2021 Shelby County Property Tax Property Tax Relief, please contact Shelby County Trustee Customer Service at (901) -222-0200.

The deadline to apply is April 5, 2022.

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