Trustee Lenoir, City of Memphis Reach Tax Collection Deal
A proposal by Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir to collect current and delinquent taxes for the city of Memphis was approved by the full Memphis City Council Tuesday.
The approval of a contract comes after months of direct negotiations between the Trustee’s Office and the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. Both have described the deal as a positive for city-county relations and for Memphis taxpayers. The agreement is now expected to go before the Shelby County Commission Jan. 14 for approval.
“Having two tax collection offices operating within the City of Memphis is not only confusing for taxpayers but fiscally unwise, especially in light of shrinking tax revenue,” said Lenoir.
Memphis taxpayers inconvenienced by having to go to two different offices and deal with two different property tax statements will also benefit from the partnership, Lenoir said. A more streamlined tax collections process will also aid in efforts to address county-wide blight through greater focus on delinquent property tax collections, Lenoir said.
Too often, property owners faced with seriously delinquent property taxes walk away from properties, leaving the responsibility and cost of upkeep to government, Lenoir said.
“More frequent communication and a focus on customer service have produced good results,” Lenoir said. “We’ll bring that same approach to Memphis tax collections.”
The contract approved by the Memphis City Council calls for the Trustee’s Office to collect both current and delinquent property taxes for an annual fee of $1.25 million.