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Trustee's Primary Responsibilities
The Greene County Trustee manages a professional business office that collects and accounts for State, Federal, and local funds used to operate Greene County Government. The Trustee also manages the investment of temporarily idle funds and supervises the cash flow for Greene County Government. The Trustee is not responsible for setting the tax rate and is not responsible for property appraisals/assessments for tax purposes.
Where the County's Revenue Comes From
Property Tax revenues represent approximately 35 percent of the funds collected. State of Tennessee funds which are primarily education dollars represent another 35 percent of the revenue collected. Local Option Sales Tax, Gasoline Tax, Business Tax, Federal funds, Fees, Charges, and Fines represent the majority of the remaining 30 percent of the revenue.
Property Tax Information
Greene County Property Tax is collected annually by the Trustee's Office. The Property Tax amount you pay is based on the fair market value of your property which is determined by the Property Assessor's Office combined with the tax rate which is set by the Greene County Board of Commissioners.
Tax Notices are typically mailed in mid-September each year and are payable through the end of February. They become delinquent on March 1 each year. Please thoroughly review your tax notice as it provides helpful information. Tax Notices are not required by State law but are sent to you as a reminder. If you do not receive your notice(s) by October 1 of any given year, please notify our office (if your mortgage company pays your taxes, they should receive a notice). If you own multiple parcels of property, please make sure you receive your notices and pay for each one. Also, please notify us if your mailing address changes.
According to State Law, the official tax roll is as of January 1 of the tax year. If you buy or sell property during a tax year, the owner name on the official tax roll will be the owner as of January 1. We typically attempt to send a tax notice to the new owner as well as the former owner because we do not know who has been made responsible for the Property Tax at the closing of the sale. Normally, the taxes are prorated at closing and the buyer is made the responsible party. If you purchase property during the tax year and do not receive a tax notice, you may call the office any time and check the status of the property taxes.
Where to Pay Property Tax
You can pay your taxes at 204 North Cutler Street, Suite 216 Greeneville TN 37745. Or you may also mail to P.O. Box 115 Greeneville TN 37744. Lastly, you may also pay online at the Tennessee County Trustee's Association web site (external link).
State of Tennessee Property Tax Relief Program
The State of Tennessee offers a property tax rebate application for certain homeowners age 65 or older whose total combined annual income from all sources for all owners shown on the property deed is not over $26,830. A rebate may also be available to 100% disabled taxpayers who meet the same income limit, certain service connected 100% disabled veterans, or widows of certain service connected 100% disabled veterans that were eligible for the rebate or killed in action. The job of the Trustee's Office is to assist eligible homeowners with the application process. If you believe that you or someone you know may qualify for this tax relief, please contact our office as soon as possible. For more details about the program, you may visit the State's website below.
Managing the Money
According to State law, the Trustee uses accounts at each local bank and other lawful methods to manage the funds of Greene County Government. The investments, by law, are extremely safe while receiving the highest possible interest earnings.
The Trustee also supervises the cash flow for Greene County Government. The Trustee has no direct control over spending within Greene County Government but does have to ensure that departments have the necessary cash in the bank to cover their expenditures.
Quick Resource Links
204 North Cutler Street, Suite 216
Greeneville, TN 37745
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ready for Development
Greene County is home to a workforce second to none.
For information concerning employment, available land for your business or industry and other economic development opportunities, please visit our Greene County Partnership web site.