BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
The Greene County "certified tax rate" for 2013-2014 will be $1.6613 per $100 of assessed (not appraised) property value for those Greene Countians whose property is located inside the Greeneville city limits.
Locally this is known as the county's "inside" property tax rate.
Property-owners whose property is in Greene County but outside the Greeneville city limits will pay the "inside rate" plus an additional county tax levy of $0.2056 for the county's Education Debt Service Fund.
The combination will result in an "outside" property tax rate of $1.8669 per $100 of assessed value.
Thus, the 2013-2014 county property tax rates will be at least $1.6613 for "inside" properties and at least $1.8669 for "outside" properties.
(Note: The county Education Debt Service Fund levy is not part of the "inside rate" since Greeneville has a separate public school system.)
County Budget Director Mary Shelton gave this report to the Greene County Budget & Finance Committee on Wednesday.
The 2012-2013 property tax rates for Greene County were $1.5137 for "inside" properties and $1.7069 for "outside" properties.
FINAL RATES NOT SET
Final county property tax rates for 2013-2014 have not yet been set.
The Greene County Commission will finalize approval of the county property tax rates when the commission approves the 2013-2014 county budget.
It is not clear when that will be done, but it is expected to take place in the next few weeks, possibly later this month.
In the 2012-2013 budget year, the commission increased the county property tax rate by 20 cents over the 2011-2012 rates.
The increase affected both the "inside" properties and the "outside" properties.
WHY THE INCREASE?
The fact that the 2013-2014 certified tax rate is higher than last year's property tax rates is a state requirement that results from the fact that the majority of properties in Greene County decreased in value in the most recent state reappraisal of local property.
"We dropped about 9 percent overall, and [the new certified rate] reflects a 9 percent increase in the certified tax rate," said Chuck Jeffers, Greene County Assessor of Property.
"It [the total amount of county property tax revenue] has to equal out by law, and it did."
He explained that, by state law, every county's property tax rate(s) must bring in each year at least as much tax revenue as the rate(s) brought in in the previous year.
SOME NATURAL GROWTH
Increases in the appraised value of certain local properties did result in the county's projecting an additional $184,000 in revenue from property taxes in 2013-2014, Assessor of Property Jeffers said.
"We continue to pick up construction and so forth, so that's going to be growth," he explained.