Business taxes are now paid directly to the State of Tennessee. For more information, click here
Property taxes are the main source of funding for the city’s many services and programs. Taxes are due on October 1 with a 2% discount if paid during the month of October and a 1% discount is paid during the month of November. Taxes are considered delinquent if not paid by March 1st of the following year. Taxes are then subject to a penalty of one and a half (1.5%) percent each month thereafter. Payments can be made by cash, personal check, money order, or credit card (Visa or Mastercard). Taxpayers can make payments at the Clerk’s Office which is located at 111 North Washington and open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
The property tax roll is assessed by the Haywood County Tax Assessor. The city does not appraise property. The city tax roll is based on records maintained by the Haywood County Property Tax Assessor. Tax bills for property that has been sold after January 1 will be sent to the owner of record as of January 1.
People who purchase property should contact the Clerk’s office to ascertain if property taxes have been paid. If payment of pro-rated taxes is included and assigned to either the buyer or seller at closing, the seller should know whose responsibility it is to pay the taxes and check to be sure the taxes are paid. Agreements between the buyer and seller have no effect on the city’s obligation to collect taxes. The legal obligation to pay property taxes rests with the property owner and shall remain with the ownership of the property.
Questions regarding the appraised value of property should be directed to the Haywood County Assessor of Property Office located at 11 South Lafayette.Or you may call (731) 772-0432. The current property tax rate for the City of Brownsville is $ 1.866 per each $100 assessed value.
Partial payment of property taxes is not accepted.
Common Errors to Avoid When Paying Property Taxes
- The City of Brownsville’s property taxes should be paid directly to the city at 111 North Washington Ave., P. O. Box 449, Brownsville, TN 38012-0449.
- Paying base tax when penalty and interest are due.
- Paying incorrect penalty and interest amount.
- Paying incorrect amount for multiple properties due to error in addition.
- Not signing check.
- Not including copy of bill with payment requiring research into property to insure proper credit is given.
- Sending city payments to the county or vice versa.
- Paying current tax year when delinquent taxes are due as the city is required by state law to apply payments to the oldest tax owed.
The city participates in a State of Tennessee program that helps elderly and disabled citizens below certain income guidelines pay their property taxes. Click here for more information about property tax relief.