County leaders debate senior tax relief - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Lori Brown

County leaders debate senior tax relief

Shelby County leaders debated Monday on whether to give tax relief to local senior citizens.

To qualify for the tax freeze, a county resident must be 65-years-old or older, and earn less than what 50 percent of Shelby County seniors earn.

If the tax freeze passes before the proposed property tax hike, it would mean the county would take in about $90,000 less a year.

Commissioner Steve Mulroy said that is not much to help protect the county's seniors.

"It's not that big of a hit on treasury because we're really targeting a vulnerable group that needs this relief to stay in their homes.  The last thing we want is to tax these people out of their homes," Mulroy said.

Even though voters passed the senior tax freeze, the commission still had the right to reject it.

There are still some more formalities that must happen before the tax freeze is officially law.

The tax freeze for senior citizens will likely start July 1st.

Seniors who qualify will still need to apply.

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