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General Property Tax Bill Questions
  1. When are property tax bills mailed out?
  2. What time of year are property taxes due?
  3. Who gets a tax bill?
  4. What happens if I miss the tax payment deadline?
  5. What time period do my annual taxes cover?
  6. Where can my tax bill be paid in person?
  7. What does the term "EtUx" beside my husband's name on the property bill mean?
  8. What do some of the terms on my tax bill mean?
  9. Does my mortgage company get a copy of my tax bill mailed to them?
Exemptions
  1. Do the elderly, disabled or disabled veterans receive any discounts or exemptions?
Reviewing Your Property Info
  1. Is there a charge for reviewing information about my property?
  2. Is my property information viewable by other people?
Property Assessment
  1. Where can I find information about the assessed value of my property?
  2. How are the county assessor's office and the trustee's office related?
  3. How can I appeal my assessment?
  1. What is a tax sale?
General Property Tax Bill Questions & Answers     (Back to Top)
  1. When are property tax bills mailed out?  Tax bills for the current calendar year are mailed on or around the first Monday in October of each year. Tennessee law does not require the mailing of tax notices. Owners of property are presumed to know that taxes are due without personal notice. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the responsibility of payment, nor is this a reason for penalty and interest charges to be canceled if the tax bill becomes delinquent.
     

  2. What time of year are property taxes due?  Taxes are due and payable from the first Monday in October through the last day of February.
     

  3. Who gets a tax bill?   The Trustee’s office mails a property tax bill to every “owner of record” shown on the list provided to the Trustee by the County’s Property Assessor. This is usually the person who owned the property as of January 1st. However, if the Assessor’s office reports a deed change occurring after the first of the year, a tax bill is mailed to the new owner of the property as a courtesy. Because the property could ultimately be sold to collect past due taxes new owners are encouraged to review their closing statement to determine who is responsible for paying the taxes and to contact the trustee’s office to make sure all taxes are paid.
     

  4. What happens if I miss the tax payment deadline?  From the first day of each month beginning March 1st, interest and penalty of 1.5 percent per month (18 percent annually) is added to your tax amount. After taxes have been delinquent for one year they are turned over to the Monroe County Delinquent Tax Attorney for collection and can no longer be paid at this office. Once delinquent taxes are turned over, additional fees and penalties accumulate as a result of prosecuting the tax collection suit.
     

  5. What time period do my annual taxes cover?   The taxes that become payable in October are for the current calendar year.
     

  6. Where can my tax bill be paid in person?   The trustee's office is located in downtown Madisonville.  The address is:
    Monroe County Trustee, 103 College St. South, Suite 2, Madisonville, TN 37354. 
    A map can be found here.  A night deposit is located there for your convenience.
     

  7. What does the term "EtUx" beside my husband's name on the property bill mean?  EtUx is a Latin phrase meaning "and wife." The phrase "EtVir" means "and husband," EtAl means "and others."
     

  8. What do some of the terms on my tax bill mean?  Check the online glossary section for definitions of terms on your tax bill.
     

  9. Does my mortgage company get a copy of my tax bill mailed to them?  No. It is the property owner's responsibility to forward tax bills to their mortgage company. Tax bills are mailed to the property owner to review the information.

Exemptions: Questions & Answers     (Back to Top)
  1. Do the elderly, disabled or disabled veterans receive any discounts or exemptions? Yes, if you meet the eligibility requirements outlined below. If you think you may be eligible contact the Monroe County Trustee Office, who will help you make an application.
      
    Age - To apply as an elderly homeowner an applicant must turn 65 on or before December 31 during the tax year.
     
    Disability - To apply as a disabled homeowner, a person must have become disabled on or before December 31 of the year, however, an applicant may apply if they are awaiting a decision on their disability claim.
      
    Ownership/ Residency - An applicant must be able to document that they owned the taxable property and used it as their primary residence during the tax year.
      
    Income Requirement (Elderly or Disabled Homeowners) - The combined annual income from all sources of all the living owners of record is required and cannot exceed $26,830 for the year 2011. Annual income from all sources shall include, but is not limited to, Social Security payments after the Medicare deduction, supplemental security income, retirement and pension benefits, veteran's benefits, worker's compensation, unemployment compensation, salaries and wages, alimony, total interest and total dividends. For income from a business, include only the net income or loss after expenses.
      
    Disabled Veterans - The combined “annual income from all sources” of all the living owners of record is required and cannot exceed $27,800 for the year 2012. The income limit varies from year to year as it is set annually by the state legislature as a part of its budget process. “Annual income from all sources” includes, but is not limited to, Social Security payments after the Medicare deduction, supplemental security income, retirement and pension benefits, veteran's benefits, worker's compensation, unemployment compensation, salaries and wages, alimony, total interest and dividends. For income from a business, include only the net income or loss after expenses.

    Applications for tax relief are available in the trustee's office. For more information call the Monroe County Trustee office.

Reviewing Your Property Info: Questions & Answers     (Back to Top)
  1. Is there a charge for reviewing information about my property?  There is no charge for reviewing tax information.
     
  2. Is my property information viewable by other people?  Property tax information is public record. Any individual or company is allowed to review it.
Property Assessment: Questions & Answers     (Back to Top)
  1. Where can I find information about the assessed value of my property?  The Monroe County Property Assessor’s office is responsible for the appraisal and assessment of property. If you have a question about your appraisal or assessment you may contact that office at 423-442-3637.
     
  2. How are the county assessor's office and the trustee's office related?  The County Assessor is responsible for compiling an accurate list of all property owners, their addresses and for the appraisal and assessment of their property. This list is provided to the County Trustee who is then responsible for billing and collection of taxes based on those assessments. The Trustee has no authority over the amount of assessment, nor can she be involved in the appraisal process.
     

  3. How can I appeal my assessment?  Appointments can be made by contacting the Monroe County Assessor's office at 423-442-3637. The appeal process begins in the County Assessor's office by appearing before the Local Board of Equalization. This board meets annually during the first two weeks of June.

Tax Sale Information: Questions & Answers     (Back to Top)
  1. What is a tax sale?  An auction of parcels of property that have delinquent taxes. State law requires that the County Trustee to turn over to the county’s delinquent tax attorney a list of all properties that remain unpaid thirteen months after they first became past due. The delinquent tax attorney is required to file a suit to attach and sale those parcels in satisfaction of the past due taxes. This suit is filed in the office of the office of the Monroe County Clerk and Master who conducts the tax sale. After the delinquent tax list is turned over to the delinquent tax attorney those past due taxes can not be paid in the Trustee’s office.  For information about past or upcoming tax sales, contact the Monroe County Clerk & Master, Teresa Choate or the Charles Ridenour at 423-337-6123.

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Marna Hull - Monroe County Trustee
103 College St South., Suite 2    
·     Madisonville, TN 37354
Phone: 423-442-2920    
·     Fax: 423-442-8053     ·     Email:
marnahull@monroegovernment.org

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