FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2022
Torrey Harris | firstname.lastname@example.org | 901-222-0200
SHELBY COUNTY TRUSTEE’S OFFICE BREAKS RECORD WITH 97.64% PROPERTY TAX COLLECTION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2022, PLUS THE LOWEST DELINQUENT COUNTY TAXES IN 20 YEARS
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE — Shelby County Trustee Regina Morrison Newman says this historical moment is because of the dedicated team that works day in and day out all year round. The Trustee announced today that the Shelby County Trustee’s Office set a new all-time property tax collection record of 97.64% of all 2021 tax billing, as of June 30, 2022, the fiscal year-end.
Additionally, the total amount of delinquent taxes owed to the County for all years is at its lowest point in at least 20 years of record keeping – over $22 million less than 4 years ago.
In the fall of 2021, taxpayers had been requesting a pay-by-phone option and the Shelby County Trustee’s Office was excited to offer this feature. This was the first year that taxpayers had the ability to pay their past due and new taxes over the phone through an automated system.
Property tax collection is vital to assure that Shelby County is able to provide funding for County schools, law enforcement, the Health Department and a variety of other programs.
Trustee Regina Morrison Newman says that “Even as the County battled through the COVID-19 pandemic, the excellent service provided by our 60+ member team to the businesses and residents of Shelby County did not waiver.” Much of this comes as the Trustee’s Office ramped up its virtual services, in-person access, and customer-focused technology like the PayIt901 mobile app.
The Office has set three new annual records in the last four years – all over 97% - a number which had never previously been achieved. The Shelby County Trustee, while excited about the 97.64% property tax collection record, is ambitious to break the record again in the new year.
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