SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – As Sumner County residents are receiving their property tax bills in the mail, some homeowners are seeing their rates rise much more than the approved 22 percent.
Tommy Porter of Castallian Springs told News 2 his property tax bill is significantly higher than last year.
“Last year I paid $1,632 and this year it went up to $3,498,” Porter told News 2.
Porter, whose property is on Old Hickory Lake, said he hasn’t changed or added anything to his property since his last tax bill and doesn’t understand the county’s 23 percent math.
Two acres of his property were assessed at $47,000, which is much higher than his last appraisals.
“I kind of figured mine would go up about $800, and when I got this, it had gone up to $1,800. I just thought this was astronomical. I’ve had about 20 friends I’ve talked to and none of theirs goes anywhere close to mine and five or six of them are on the lake.”
Summer County voted to raise property taxes for the first time in 10 years in early November.
The increase, according to Sumner County executive Anthony Holt, will raise an additional $16.2 million, much of which will go to schools.
“The reason we had to have a tax increase is because we’ve experienced tremendous growth over the last several years,” explained Holt. “Remember, we haven’t had a tax increase in 10 years, and today, Sumner County’s tax rate of 2.5 percent is right in there with our neighbors. Wilson County is 2.57 percent [and] Robertson County 3.91 percent.”
Porter said he understands the need for the property tax increase but does not understand why his property assessment jumped as much as it did.
Sumner Accessor of Property John Isbell looked at Porter’s tax records and said the property is considered ‘lake front,’ but Porter said of his eight acres, only about 400 feet are along the lake.
“Probably three acres of my land you can’t even see the lake,” he said.
Isbell told News 2 that Porter’s property will be re-accessed early next year but any change won’t affect Porter’s tax bill for 2014.