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Mt. Juliet proposal would help fire department but raise property taxes

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Posted at 5:17 PM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 23:51:19-04

MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WTVF) — Mt. Juliet city officials held a second community meeting to talk about a proposal to raise property taxes in the city.

It's a move that would give more money to the city's fire department, but potentially increase property taxes from 16 cents per every $100 of assessed home value -- the lowest current property tax rate in Wilson County -- to either 39 cents or 59 cents.

The tax rate increase would mean different things for different home values. Mt. Juliet officials said that the owner of a $150,000 home currently pays $62 a year to the city. If approved, that would increase to either $146 with a 39 cent tax rate, or $221 with a 59 cent tax rate.

City officials said the Fire Department budget is currently operating with a $450,000 deficit.