NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Metropolitan Trustee's Office extended the deadline to apply for tax relief for some people on fixed or lower incomes.
During the State of Metro Tuesday, Mayor John Cooper announced the likelihood of raising property taxes to help balance the Metro Nashville budget. This could be detrimental for people who are already facing financial hardships.
One option is the city’s Tax Freeze program. It's used to help property owners 65 and older. If a property owner in this age range makes less than $42,620, they’re eligible to lock in their current tax payment. If they apply now and stay enrolled, they would not be affected by any tax increases or reappraisal changes.
People with incomes less than $29,860 are also eligible to get help with their tax bill through the Tax Relief program up to more than $756.88.
The deadline has now been pushed from April 6 to May 1.
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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.
What are the symptoms?
The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.
The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.