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Retirees are good for Cumberland County
Cumberland County has been good at attracting retirees to the community even before those recruiting efforts became a regular part of promoting the local area. more...

More communities freeze property taxes for seniors
Some 30 counties and cities participate in the program, and a growing number of communities are considering adopting it to give seniors some relief. more...

TennCare change aids seniors
July 19, 2008 Several state congressmen attended the ceremony, including Sen. Mark Norris of Collierville. more...

The slender years Poverty is common specter for elderly
State Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said the bill is intended to cut through some of the bureaucratic red tape and make it easier for seniors to qualify for professional care. more...

It's twins: TCCA receives two replacement vans through grant
The buses were bought with various grants, including a $39,000 Governor Enhancement grant given by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R). more...

Norris Praises Shelby County Leaders for Passage of Senior Tax Freeze
Of the program’s adoption in Shelby County, Norris commented, “It pleases me to finally have a county in my district providing this significant form of tax relief for our seniors, and I look forward to seeing the trend expand throughout West Tennessee.”  more...

Freeze much-needed for our graying state
I proudly sponsored the referendum to amend our state constitution permitting local governments to freeze property taxes in 2005. Nearly 1.4 million Tennesseans ratified the constitutional amendment in 2006. more...

Senior tax relief program spreads
Already this year, nine Tennessee counties and cities have enacted property tax freezes for low-income seniors through a state program adopted last summer. more...

Norris Commends Local Governments for Pursuing Tax Relief Efforts for Seniors
State Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) announced today that, according to the office of the Comptroller of the Treasury, sixteen local governments in Tennessee have adopted the Property Tax Freeze for senior citizens. more... 

Mark Norris Fills Aging Commission's Needs
Although some might say that this is Senator Norris' job, we at the Commission on Aging believe that Senator Norris provided exemplary leadership in assisting the Commission. more...

DRMC celebrates annex addition
Among those attending the event were Sen. Mark Norris, hospital employees, Senior Circle members, citizens and Dyersburg-Dyer County Chamber of Commerce diplomats. more...

A little help for seniors
Legislation setting guidelines for enactment of the tax freeze -- championed in the legislature by Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville -- was crafted by the General Assembly last spring. more...

Hatching a Nest Egg
"Your nest egg should not become your albatross," says Norris, an attorney and former Shelby County commissioner who can turn an apt phrase. more...

Senior issues topic at meeting
Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville who represents Tipton County, then addressed the group. more...

A welcome freeze, maybe
If the tax freeze is financially feasible, the council should adopt it sooner rather than later. more...

Local leaders like senior tax freeze
"There are a lot of people saying that we're trying to give senior citizens a free ride," said Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, who is on a statewide campaign to dispel myths about the freeze. more...

It's time to consider tax freeze for seniors
Last November, voters in Tennessee overwhelmingly approved freezing property taxes for senior citizens ages 65 and older. After some confusion and a good bit of discussion, the Legislature passed enabling legislation to allow local governments to put the law into effect. more...

Law Freezes Property Taxes For Some Elderly Homeowners
Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville and Representative John Deberry of Memphis were the bill's main sponsors. more...

News of a surplus shifted lawmakers into overdrive
Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville took a different view. "This was our first session under new management. We began the process of getting tax relief to Tennesseans -- not as much as a more substantial Republican majority would have. more...

Shelby's leaders were just that
Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, and Rep. John DeBerry, D-Memphis, sponsored two major pieces of legislation, one which requires tougher sentences for criminals who carry guns and another which allows local governments to freeze property taxes for senior citizens. more...

Senior tax freeze merits approval
That's a small price to pay for the relief for seniors who would qualify for a locally approved tax freeze plan, a measure championed by Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, and easily passed in both chambers of the legislature just prior to adjournment this week. more...

Cash added for Hope grants
Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville: "This was our first session under new management (the first GOP Senate speaker in 140 years). I don't think it was flashy but it was solid and steady." more...

Crime package, tax freeze get OK
The gun bill, sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, and Rep. John DeBerry, D-Memphis, is the centerpiece of a crime package this year totaling more than $37 million. more...

Elderly tax break
A plan to freeze property taxes for some elderly homeowners is on its way for the governor's consideration. more...

Bill to Help Elderly Homeowners Sent to Governor
Both chambers passed the legislation unanimously. Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris, of Collierville, and Rep. John Deberry, D-Memphis, are the bill's main sponsors. more...

Legislature cuts sales tax, approves budget
“The net effect is sort of paltry really,” said Republican Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville). more...

Grocery taxcut goes to Bredesen
"This would allow as many cities and counties as possible to opt in. If a city or county opts out, their citizens don't get anything," Norris said. more...

Cut in food tax, crime bill close
"There is a lot of anxiety on both sides of the aisle (in the Senate) about this reduction in recurring revenues," said Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville. more...

Report: Property tax burden greater on homeowners 65 plus
The bills, SB 2 sponsored by Sen. Mark Norris and HB 1033 by Rep. John DeBerry, are currently in the respective Finance, Ways and Means Committees. more...

Tennessee Seniors Hope For Property Tax Freeze
Senator Mark Norris said, “Very close to being presented in both finance committees… I think we will have legislation before we adjourn.” more...

Cigarette tax remains hot issue - Legislature faces grueling week as session winds down
A local property tax freeze for homeowners aged 65 and older. The dispute is where to set the ceiling on household income to qualify for the freeze, which was authorized by a state constitutional referendum last fall. more...

Crime, tax proposals still awaiting action
Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville said "there hasn't been any indication by those who propose the higher taxes that they actually support crime-fighting measures or my legislation. So it may be disingenuous to link the two." more...

Property tax relief one step closer for seniors
State Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville) advanced his bill to pass property tax relief for senior citizens. more...

Senior tax freeze gains traction
"You will always have some local governments who chafe at the notion of providing any tax relief. And for them, I would simply remind them that the program is optional." more...

Tax breaks for elderly spur debate
The Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote this week whether to send the bill to the full Senate. more...

Senior tax break finally on its way
Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris said last month that local government lobbying groups were trying to kill the measure. more...

Elderly Tax Break
Norris intended for the Legislature to set a maximum and for counties to be able to enact any limit below that. more...

Tennessee lawmakers advance property tax breaks for elderly homeowners
Determining which elderly homeowners would be shielded from future property tax increases would depend on income levels in each county under a proposal advancing in the Legislature. more...

Seniors can’t make more than $39K to get tax freeze
“Those who qualify will continue paying their property tax at the rate they’ve been paying,” said Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), the sponsor of the passed amendment and the bill. more...

Lawmakers tinker with senior tax break
"It's a big step in the right direction and I appreciate the support it got today," Norris said after presenting the agreement worked out with county lobbyists. more...

Tax break for seniors clears committee
After months of dispute and debate, legislation authorizing county and city governments to freeze property tax payments by senior citizens has cleared its first committee hurdle. more...

Property Tax Relief Bills Before Legislature
Mark Norris, the Senate Republican Leader, has been dealing with dollar signs and demographics in his bill that sets different income caps in different counties. more...

Questions stall action on senior tax relief
As state officials work out a plan to freeze property taxes for elderly homeowners, some local county officials are warning they won't approve the break locally if the income limit is too high. more...

State Senate panel studies bill for tax relief to seniors
Tennessee senior citizens may soon get some property tax relief due to a legislation tweak, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris told a crowd of Tipton County home builders Thursday night. more...

Freeze on taxes for seniors is complex
"The higher the level the better, because more people are protected," he says, "but unfortunately if it's too high, cities and counties will not participate." more...

Compromise could thaw property tax freeze controversy
“It’ll certainly be better than what’s available now,” Norris said of the compromise. “It’s probably not as much as I would have liked or as I think is deserving.”  more...

Counties can't set income limits on elderly tax breaks, AG says
Norris said he disagrees with the legal argument that allowing differing levels of property taxes would violate state requirements for consistent tax rules. more...

Implementing new rules to exempt some elderly homeowners may be tougher than one lawmaker had hoped.
Norris said he had written the constitutional amendment with the intention of having the Legislature set the maximum income level to qualify for the tax freeze, more...

Unease in local governments stalls tax bill
"If you ask them, they say they're not trying to kill the bill, but clearly they are," said Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris, referring to local government lobbyists. more...

Ramsey’s election brings change to Senate, Capitol Hill
Sen. Mark Norris (R-Collierville), who took Ramsey’s place Wednesday as Senate Majority Leader, said he expects the Republicans’ plans to include tort reform, allowing seniors’ property taxes to be frozen, as well as cutting the sales tax off food. more...

Senior tax freeze needs careful handling
State Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, has filed a bill that would set $50,000 as the ceiling for annual household income for seniors to be eligible for the tax freeze. Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, has filed a bill with a $60,000 ceiling. more...  

Don't prolong seniors' wait for tax relief
On Christmas Eve, I wondered how many low- and middle-income Tennessee senior citizens would sacrifice necessities like medication, food or maintenance just to pay property taxes next year. more...

Stage set for school funding feud
"We need to legislate a ceiling that could be accepted by local and county governments," Norris said. "Senate Bill 2, which I am sponsoring, has a $50,000 ceiling." more...

How much cash equals property tax freeze?
Sen. Mark Norris (R-Collierville), who sponsored the constitutional amendment, met with city and county government officials last week to listen to their concerns. more...

Some Local Officials Wary of Generous Tax Break for Elderly
Getting voters to approve a tax break for older homeowners was easy. Now state Sen. Mark Norris has to persuade local government officials to accept a reduction in property tax revenues. more...

County commissioners group cautious about elderly relief
Norris says with the amendment passing with 83 percent of the popular vote in November, the taxpayers have spoken. more...

Action promised on property tax freeze for seniors
Norris disagreed, saying that local governments will be able to set lower limits, up to the maximum set by the legislature. more...

Concerns abound over details of state tax freeze for seniors
But representatives of city and county governments were full of concerns when they met with the amendment's sponsor, Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, here Wednesday. more...

Senior Property Tax Relief Headlines Monday Meeting
Last week's ballot item, which appeared as Amendment 2, was spearheaded largely by State Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, who's championed the cause of property tax relief for the state's seniors for six years.  more...

Seniors' tax break - not law, yet
Any law providing relief likely would be applied only to a primary residence and not second homes or resort or rental properties, said state Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, the amendment's sponsor. more...

Norris Homestead Exemption Becomes Law
Amendment 2, the ballot issue enabling property tax relief for senior citizens, has passed by the required margin to amend Tennessee’s constitution and become law. more...

Tax break approved for seniors
Norris said the guidelines should be fixed in legislation instead of written into the state constitution so they can be easily changed later. more...

Constitutional changes: One’s hot, one’s not – but both popular
Norris said Amendment 2’s passage would be a win for seniors as well as for fiscally responsible government.  more...

Property Tax Amendment Passes
A majority of Tennessee voters approved a constitutional amendment that would help older homeowners by allowing local governments to freeze their property taxes.  more...

Norris Homestead Exemption Becomes Law
“I worked on this for many years and appreciate the support of both voters and my fellow legislators on this issue,” Norris said. more...

Amendment 2 Getting Far Less Attention
Still, state Senator Mark Norris of Collierville, who sponsored the resolution, thinks Tennesseans should be aware and educated about this amendment as well. more...

Amendments prompt voter confusion
“This is a complex issue, involving an Amendment to the Tennessee Constitution,” State Senator Mark Norris (R - Collierville) said. more...

Seniors' tax draws early voters
"A lot of people don't realize that the state constitution prohibits a tax relief like this," said Norris, whose district includes Memphis and all of Dyer County. more...

Elderly Tax Amendment Gets Little Attention
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- People who voted early may have been surprised by one measure on the ballot folks haven't heard much about. more...

Resolution to help seniors may be ignored
Still, Sen. Mark Norris, the Collierville Republican who sponsored the resolution, thinks Tennesseans should be aware and educated about this amendment as well. more...

Tax relief for the elderly
It is a sad fact that modern tax law at both the state and federal levels is often deeply confusing. more...

Vote! Important issues to be decided in November
Amendment 2 deals with property tax relief for seniors.  more...

Norris pushes for senior tax relief
“This creates hope for property tax relief for senior citizens,” said Norris, R-Collierville, who represents all of Tipton County. more...

A yes and a no on constitutional amendments
Among the referendum items on the Nov. 7 ballot are two amendments for consideration for voters statewide. more...

Voters advised of incomplete ballot amendment
State Sen. Mark Norris, one of the main sponsors of the measure, has said the amendment is aimed at fixed-income seniors who cannot afford increases in their property taxes. more...

Property Tax Relief on Nov. 7 Ballot
Constitutional Amendment Number Two would give county and municipal governments a chance to enact programs that would freeze residential property tax bills for taxpayers 65 years of age or older. more...

Older homeowners would get some relief
Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, a sponsor of the tax-relief measure, said he would propose such guidelines when the legislature reconvenes. more...

Vote 'Yes' to afford tax relief to seniors The change in the Tennessee Constitution would allow cities and counties to freeze property taxes for residents 65 and older. more...

Senior property tax amendment in doubt

However, there is little if any organized opposition to Amendment 2, whose sponsor, Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, called a "no-brainer." more...

State to notify voters of amendment
The Collierville Republican has said the proposed exemption is a "complex issue" more...

Norris launches website in support of ballot initiative
Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville) Friday rolled out a new website for Tennessee senior citizens. more...

Amendment 2 deserves the public's support
This amendment provides an unmistakable benefit for Tennessee's seniors, many of whom are living on a fixed income after years of working. more...

Homestead exemption would give senior Tennesseans a break
Seniors on fixed incomes need a break on property taxes. more...

Tax Break Pitch in Tennessee
The sponsor says it can be complicated, but the state needs to protect older citizens from losing their homes. more...

State briefs: Site promotes senior tax break
"This is a complex issue, involving an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution," state Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, said in a news release. more...

Norris Introduces “Tennesseniors.com” Website
Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville) today rolled out a new website for Tennessee senior citizens. more...

Homestead exemption gives seniors a break
Local property taxes put a strain on many households, but the burden on senior citizens on fixed incomes is particularly onerous. more...

Web site promotes elderly tax break amendment
State Senator Mark Norris said in a news release Monday that this is a complex issue and that the state needs to create opportunities for senior citizens to keep their homes. more...

(AP) Web site promotes elderly tax break amendment
Norris said the amendment is targeted at fixed-income seniors who are unable to afford increases in their property tax burdens. more...

Property taxes, gay marriage face vote
State Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, and Rep. Tre Hargett, R-Bartlett, shepherded the tax amendment through the legislature. more...

Norris Introduces “Tennesseniors.com” Website
Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville) today rolled out a new website for Tennessee senior citizens. more...

Norris says he's anxiously supporting tax amendment to extend homestead exemption
Though his Senate seat is not up for election this year, state Sen. Mark Norris will carefully watch November's state general election. more...

Referendum could enable cities to freeze property tax values for seniors
"It has been a long road," said the resolution's sponsor, Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, in a statement. more...

Compelling case for a freeze
Shelby County has at least 84,000 residents who have passed the 65-year mark, including more than 14,000 who are living on incomes below the poverty level. more...

Voters should debate the full impact on local government before going to polls
A constitutional amendment that would allow local governments to freeze the property taxes of some elderly Tennesseans is certainly appealing. more...

Vote to decide senior tax aid
The tax proposal was sponsored by state Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, and Reps. Tre Hargett, R-Bartlett, and Kim McMillan, D-Clarksville. It passed the Senate 33-0. more...

Amendment to limit seniors' tax bills clears House
Tennessee voters will decide in November whether property tax increases for homeowners should be halted when they turn 65. more...

Property tax break for elderly to be decided by voters
"It's been a long road," said Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville. "I'm very grateful the House approved it on third reading today." more...

Elderly tax break proposal passes Senate
"We're removing the constitutional impediment'' by seeking to put the measure before voters, said Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville. more...

Senior Citizens’ Homestead Exemption Bill Passes Senate Unanimously
NASHVILLE --- Senior Citizens’ Homestead Exemption legislation, sponsored by Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville), passed the Senate unanimously Thursday, moving senior citizens one step closer to property tax relief. more...

Senior Citizen Relief May Be In Sight
Property taxes would still be paid but they would be capped for those with incomes below an amount to be established by statute. more...

Norris supports self-defense, homestead bill
Norris, who chairs the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee, has been studying Tennessee's emergency preparedness since last summer when Hurricane Katrina revealed deficiencies in many state plans, including Tennessee's. more...

Think tank: Tax leeway needed
Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, a member of the TACIR board, voted against the proposal after a different recommendation he proposed was voted down. more...

Nashville sales tax hike: viable option, or a senior moment?
Norris’s proposal would allow local governments to freeze property taxes for low-income senior citizens. more...

Tax relief sought for poor, elderly
Both the House and the Senate unanimously passed the constitutional amendment proposed by Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville,   R - Collierville RCollierville, in 2004. more...

Skeptics deride tax plan
It may not be palatable to many senior citizens. It may not even be legal. more...

Tax relief bill will be back next year, sponsor says
"With everything else going on in this General Assembly, I didn't see any need to rush," said Sen. Norris. more...

Fair Play for Homesteaders
We regard favorably state senator Mark Norris' proposed constitutional amendment to allow local governments to freeze property-tax levels for seniors once they reach retirement age. more...

Norris seeks final legislative approval of homestead exemption amendment
Sen. Mark Norris intends to work on getting his proposed constitutional amendment on a homestead exemption on the state's 2006 ballot if he is re-elected in November. more...

Tennessee weighs tax relief for seniors
"As property taxes continue to rise, many older residents feel they are being punished for a lifetime of fiscal responsibility," said state Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, a former Shelby County commissioner who is sponsoring the constitutional amendment. more...

Senior tax break gets Senate nod
A constitutional amendment that would freeze property tax increases for seniors moved out of the State Senate Thursday and now must be read on the House floor three times before the next General Assembly can vote on it. more...

Tax exempt senior bill moves along
The General Assembly would establish an income cap, meaning households earning above the cap would not be eligible for the tax exemption. more...

Property-tax relief for elderly inches forward
" I've got heart-wrenching letters from senior citizens," Norris said. "Folks on fixed incomes should not have to choose between paying for prescription drugs or property taxes." more...

Editorial 4/12: Seniors deserve overdue tax break
As Norris argued in a Viewpoint guest column earlier this year, "(M)any older residents feel punished for a lifetime of fiscal responsibility" and need help. more...

Elderly homeowners need our help
I hope Shelby County legislators can agree, however, that one of the most important issues is the need to provide senior citizens with relief from skyrocketing property taxes. more...

 
 

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