City holds sessions assist senior citizens with tax freeze

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – The city of Chattanooga is holding three sessions at community centers to help senior citizens sign-up for a tax freeze.

One group was at the North River Senior Center in Hixson today to take care of the details.

Tennessee voters voted more than 10 years ago to allow local governments to exempt seniors from any future tax increases.

It’s only now getting done.

Many in Chattanooga had told mayor Andy Berke at a prior meeting they are on fixed incomes and would have to sell their homes after any additional tax increases.

Mayor Berke said, “This is a huge deal. It’s one of the reasons I was pushing this. We’re looking at a great time in our community, where we are seeing a tremendous amount of economic development; a tremendous amount of growth. And as such it also puts that undue burden on our seniors. So as you see property values go up, everything starts costing more. We need to be doing something to take better care of our seniors. And do everything we possibly can.”

The Hamilton County Commission in September turned-down a senior tax freeze, saying the state of Tennessee already has an existing state tax relief program.

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