- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - Local governments in Roane County have been left unsure of how to set property tax rates, as state employees try to complete a reappraisal that officials say was being done incorrectly at the county level.

Between eight and 10 members of the state’s Division of Property Assessments are working to finish the reappraisal before the new fiscal new year begins July 1, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1dbcjDY). The unfinished appraisal has forced local governments to wait before they can make final tweaks to proposed budgets and tax rates.

Normally in Oak Ridge, tax bills go out in June and are due by the end of July. Not this year. A big chunk of Oak Ridge is in Roane County, and the city blends the certified rates of Roane and Anderson counties to determine its new property tax base.

With that blended certified rate an unknown for weeks to come, it’s unclear when tax bills will be sent out and when residents will be asked to pay them.

“This is new territory we’re in,” City Councilman Rick Chinn Jr. said. “(It’s) extremely confusing.”

Reassessments are usually done by each county’s property assessor, but state officials earlier this year weren’t satisfied with work done by Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan and his staff. Morgan said recent resignations were to blame for the problems.

In February, the Tennessee Board of Equalization voted to have the state step in and do Morgan’s task.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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