Seniors sign up for tax freeze

City Finance Officer Daisy Madison, center, discusses the state's senior tax freeze program with the Chattanooga City Council.

Chattanooga senior citizens are turning out in force to sign up for a freeze on their property taxes.

The city is holding workshops to help seniors apply for the freeze the city council adopted along with the 2017-18 budget earlier this year. Chattanoogans aged 65 and older whose incomes are less than $38,720 and who own and live in their homes are eligible to sign up. Those who qualify won't see their property taxes increase even if tax rates rise.

"That means with inflation I won't have to worry every time the cost of living goes up," said Eddie Scott, a retired Hamilton County teacher and former Army medic who lives in the Highway 58 area.

Scott, 70, was standing in a line of people that stretched out the door and down the outside of the Eastgate Senior Center on Thursday, waiting to pick up applications or seek help in applying for the tax break.