Wilson County homeowners fear tax hike after property assessments

(Photo: WKRN)

WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Wilson County property assessor says he’s received hundreds of phone calls from homeowners unhappy with their reappraisals.

For Wilson County, 2016 is a property assessment year, but many aren’t happy with what their homes are valued. Over 55,000 notices went out to home and business owners last week.

Residents in the Spence Creek neighborhood in Lebanon say they plan to appeal their property assessments.

“When I first saw my appraisal, I was overwhelmed,” said resident Susan Martin. “The appraisal that came in the mail was out of this world!”

Martin says the appraisal said her home was worth nearly $329,100. She paid $183,000 for the home six years ago. That is a 55 percent increase compared to the county’s average increase of 20 percent.

She and other homeowners in Spence Creek flooded assessor Jack Pratt’s office with phone calls.

Pratt told News 2 over the phone he got so many phone calls he went back to the state and lowered the neighborhood assessments by 20 percent.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Still, homeowners there aren’t happy.

“It’s better, but it’s still above what I could sell it to someone on the street,” said homeowner Thomas Cavanaugh.

So why are they so concerned? The state comptroller’s office says county commissioners will often use reappraisal years to raise taxes.

“I don’t mind paying my taxes, but I want to pay what I owe,” said Cavanaugh. “Not what someone thinks I owe.”

Pratt denied our request for an on-camera interview but encouraged residents to appeal their assessments to the Wilson County Board of Equalization in June.

Cavanaugh and Martin already have their appeals appointments on the books.

No matter where you live, you can appeal your property assessment. Visit your county assessor’s website for details.

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