Blount County non-profit owes thousands in back taxes

Blount County non-profit owes thousands in back taxes

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The home owes the county around $10,000 and its proposition to commission was its last chance. The home owes the county around $10,000 and its proposition to commission was its last chance.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) – The Blount County Children's Home has been in operation as a non-profit for more than 100 years. But failure to fill out standard paperwork means it owes more than $30,000 in back property taxes.

"It's about three years of back taxes," said the organization's Executive Director Brenda Blain.

She's been working with the state to fix the error, but the Blount County Commission didn't agree with the proposal.

"The budget committee for the county voted 4-1 against giving us a grant that would basically wash the taxes," Blain said.

The home owes the county around $10,000 and its proposition to commission was its last chance.

"That was the last final plea. That was all we could do," Blain said.

Now she has to cut where she can to come up with the money. "We're working to do some budget restructuring and making some cutbacks," she explained.

They owe the city around $20,000 in taxes, but Maryville city manager Greg McClain has decided to work with the organization.

"The plan is to grant them the exact amount of money they owe, and they will then turn around and pay it right back," McClain said. City council will vote on the grant at its July meeting.

In the mean time, Blain is working to pay back the county and move forward with the organization's goals.

"It's just a small financial, well I guess a medium financial blow, but nothing we can't weather," she said.

Although the Blount County Children's Home has changed over the last decade and no longer act as a home for children, it does provide a large amount of services for kids in the area. Those include a parental visitation program, parenting classes and a program to help juveniles quit smoking.

The organization serves more than 100 children each year in Blount and surrounding counties.

"Our main goal to fill service gaps that the county can't provide," Blain said.

6 News reached out to Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell, but he didn't return our calls.

The children's home will begin making those repayments as soon as possible to the county.

As for the money the home owes the city, the city council plans to vote on that grant at the July meeting.

The former executive director who's responsible for the clerical error is no longer with the organization.

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