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Deadline looms for Nashvillians looking for property tax help

(WZTV)

During the 2017 Davidson County property appraisal, Nashville homeowners saw their home values go up along with their property taxes.

That’s left thousands of people scared they'd lose their homes.

“I have lived here since 1981 before anything across the street was nothing but an empty lot filled with heavy construction machinery,” Irene Boyd said.

She bought her Germantown home in 1981 for just $30,000, which is a steal. Now it’s worth nearly $450,000 following the latest appraisal. A more expensive home means more taxes to pay on it. That doesn’t sit well with Boyd.

“I was blown away," Boyd said. "I was like wow. I can’t believe this."

She says if it wasn’t for the city’s property tax freeze program, she wouldn’t be able to afford her home and barely afford to live. Thanks to the program, she saves $1,300 a year.

According to the Metro Trustee’s Office, there are nearly 8,000 people like Boyd in Nashville enrolled in the program. They’re on fixed income and can’t afford the big jump in property taxes.

That’s why city leaders are urging veterans and those that are elderly or disabled to sign up for one of three programs that could freeze their tax rate, pay for part of their taxes or have them deferred all-together.

“I have no mortgage which is a blessing because I don’t know how I’d make it otherwise," Ossie Jefferson-Corley said. "I just get social security."

She lives in North Nashville near Trinity Lane and credits the program for saving the home her father bought to keep her nearby.

She moved to Nashville from Detroit, Michigan, in 2000 to help care for her ailing parents. She lives in an area where taxes have been traditionally low but new, more expensive homes moving in are helping spike the tax rate.

To qualify for programs like the one Jefferson-Corley is enrolled in, homeowners must be 65 or older, disabled or a disabled veteran making less than $29,180.

Those interested in the tax freeze program must earn less than $41,660 a year. As for the deferral, program, those older than 65 who make less than $25,000 will can qualify.

If so, taxes on the property will be deferred until the residence is sold. Those interested can reach out to programs like Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (N.O.A.H.), Fifty Forward, their church or go to the trustee’s office at the Old Howard School Building.

Deadline to apply is Thursday, April 5. Offices close at 4:30 p.m.

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