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Possible Opportunity for Property Tax Relief for Flooding Victims

Post Date:07/05/2019 4:00 PM
Last week, there were some rumors flying around that filing a property appraisal appeal with the Shelby County Board of Equalization (BOE) might provide some relief to flood victims; however,  City Administrator Patrick Lawton was able to get clarification on the topic and identified another opportunity that may provide help to those recovering from flood damage. While the BOE appraisal appeal process is available to residents, it is not designed to provide relief in cases of disaster or personal hardship.

During a meeting on Tuesday evening with residents impacted by flooding in the Shady Creek area, representatives from the Shelby County Property Assessor’s office confirmed that there may be an opportunity for those most affected by the June 7 flood to have their 2019 property taxes prorated. At this time, residents do not need to take any action in order to qualify and there is no reason to delay repair work. The City provided a list of residents with flood damaged homes to the Assessor’s office and the Assessor’s office is currently reviewing the list of properties in order to determine fair and accurate assessments on a case by case basis. Staff from the Assessor’s office will reach out to impacted homeowners soon and may conduct visits to the identified properties.

Also during Tuesday night’s meeting, Fire Chief John Selberg provided an update on the process of requesting aid through the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). While the City has yet to receive official notification, Mayor Palazzolo has been in discussion with Governor Bill Lee’s office and was informed that the damages experienced did not qualify Shelby County for a disaster declaration from TEMA. If a disaster declaration from the state is not met, the County would be unable to apply for aid through FEMA.
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