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Squires nod tax relief for elderly

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By JOHN B. BRYANThe Wilson Post

Wilson County Commission had a busy agenda Monday night but one of the most important measures that was passed will give some senior citizens a shot in the arm for their property tax bill.    Wilson County Trustee Jim Major said county squires passed unanimously a measure that would kick in an additional $100 for those elderly and disabled Wilson County residents that already qualify for a property tax relief program sponsored by the State of Tennessee.         “There are 35 counties across the state that matches the state program’s benefit and our county commission acted Monday night in a positive way,” Major said.

Major explained that senior citizens who qualify now receive about a $165 tax credit on their property taxes through the state program. With the county commission’s unanimous Monday, those folks will receive an additional $100 credit per household.

District 2 Commissioner Bob Sorey sponsored the measure and the commission voted 24-0 in favor of it.           “This $100 credit will be the best thing to happen for our elderly and disabled citizens of Wilson County in a long, long time. I appreciate the county commission for stepping up and passing this measure – it’s been three years in the making and we finally got it done,” Major explained.         Major said when he took office three years ago, about 460 homes in Wilson County were taking advantage of the state program. He said since he has publicized the property tax relief program there are now more than 960 residents on the program.           “It’s free money to those who qualify, but you have to apply to get yours so I want to invite anyone that thinks they would qualify to at least call my office and ask about it,” Major added.

Major went on to explain that citizens who live within the Lebanon Special School District may qualify for an additional $12 to $15 credit.

For more information on the property tax relief program, contact Major at his office at 444-0894.

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