COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Putnam County is taking steps to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid property taxes in advance of a NewsChannel 5 investigation set to air Monday.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates has learned the state determined the Putnam County Property Assessor's Office undervalued approximately 200 properties for tax purposes dating back to 2009.
County officials estimate the 200 properties are owned by fewer than ten people and that the county could stand to collect nearly $1 million in property taxes.
This follows a NewsChannel 5 investigation into how outgoing Property Assessor Rhonda Chaffin left expensive properties off the tax rolls.
After NewsChannel 5 Investigates started asking questions, Chaffin contacted one property owner and collected $39,600 for a large complex left off the tax rolls in 2010. Chaffin insisted it was an isolated incident and a mistake.
The county is now trying to determine the best way to contact property owners and collect the back taxes.
Putnam County just passed a property tax increase this week.
Chaffin has been property assessor since 1999, but was defeated in the August election by Travis Roberts. He takes over the position on Sept. 1.
Be sure and watch Monday on NewsChannel 5 at 6 p.m.