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'Shocked': Jefferson County seeing increase in property tax

Why community members are seeing new numbers.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Patty Murrer said she was shocked when her property tax bill arrived in the mail. 

Murrer said she's lived in Jefferson County for more than 20 years and this is the largest increase she's seen. 

"Yeah, I budget for that every year, you kinda have a feel for what it's going to be and it was significantly more," she said.

The county is assessed every four years.

Colleen Younger, the Jefferson County PVA, said the increase is due to the housing market, low mortgage payments, and the increase in school tax. 

This year, the areas that saw the highest increases include St. Matthews, Highlands, Jeffersontown, Crescent Hill, parts of Fern Creek, and Audubon Park. 

Younger said earlier this year there was a 25-day period where appeals could be filed. There were some successful cases and there are some exemptions.

"If you are 65 years or older and if you are 100% disabled, you are entitled to a homestead or disability exemption on your property," she said. "Make sure that your characteristics are correct and if they aren't, we encourage you to let us know because that again can be reflected in your property value."

Property taxes are due from now until the first of the new year before penalties.

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