Sumner County officials hold meeting about property tax hike

Sumner County taxes

SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – There is a meeting Monday night in Gallatin for Sumner County residents angry about a recent property tax.

Sumner County Commissioners approved a property hike in November.

Laura and Kevin Baigert of Portland circulated a petition and took to social media to gather support to get before commissioners with their concerns.

“This isn’t something that was even explained to the citizens until after they approved the tax increase,” said Laura Baigert.

Laura and Kevin Baigert
Laura and Kevin Baigert

Many taxpayers have been critical, claiming commissioners passed the property tax without properly notifying Sumner County residents.

Commissioners approved the 23-percent hike on the eve of the November election.

“Laura and I have signed up probably a thousand manual signatures,” said Kevin Baigert. “I would say 95 percent of the people had no clue what was going on. Most people were unaware of it until they got their tax bills.”

Sumner County officials dispute that claim and say the property tax issue and possible increase was advertised as required by law.

“We met the letter of the law,” said county mayor Anthony Holt. “We advertised in a publication in general circulation twice. We only had to do it once.”

The nearly 24-percent property tax increase was the highest in Sumner County in many years.

Monday night’s meeting will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions and share their concerns with county commissioners

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Sumner County administration building in Gallatin.

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