Williamson County Commissioners Court voted Dec. 18 to begin the process of establishing a review schedule of the county’s tax freeze for residents over the age of 65 and disabled people.
Williamson County provides a $25,000 property tax exemption for those over the age of 65 and a $15,000 property tax exemption for disabled people.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long—who introduced the agenda item—said the vote would begin the conversation of establishing a review process and timeline.
“This just sets that marker out there that says [the court is]going to look at [the policy], and put some more meat on the bone,” Long said.
While the proposal stated the county will review the exemption policy every five years beginning in tax year 2020, Long said that may change after speaking with the county’s Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office and figuring out legal parameters.
“What I wanted to do was put in motion a review cycle,” Long said. “Five years may not be the right number, it may be more frequently, but it hasn’t been looked at in over 15 years, so I just wanted to make sure [the court]brought it forward.”
Long said the court will begin working on the new policy in January and she plans to bring a proposal to the court in February.