Property Taxes

Taxes Assessed

Taxes for real and personal property are assessed each year by the Office of the Property Assessor of Sullivan County, Tennessee and delivered to the City of Bristol during either the month of September or October. Based on the assessor data, tax bills for the property tax year are generated and are due by January 5th of the following year (or the next business day, if applicable).

Delinquent Taxes

Interest will be added to any delinquent taxes on the 6th of each month beginning in January. The rate of the interest is 1.5% each month that the taxes are delinquent. An additional 5% (for a total of 6.5%) will be added in the month of March if taxes are still delinquent at that time. 

Tax Collection

By statute, the City of Bristol, Tennessee can only collect on a given tax year for 18 months before being required to file suit on the unpaid property tax accounts with the Clerk and Master of the Sullivan County, Tennessee Chancery Court. Upon the filing of such suit, the properties in question are subject to a tax sale until the amount is paid in full. It is in the property tax owner's best interest to pay tax accounts prior to the City of Bristol, Tennessee filing suit with the Clerk and Master as additional court and attorney fees will be added by their office.

The City of Bristol, Tennessee is currently collecting 2022-2023 tax accounts. For 2021 and prior years tax amounts outstanding, please contact the Office of the Clerk and Master for total amounts due.

2023 Tax Year Notices

  • $1.9863 per $100.00 of Assessed Value 
  • Billed November 2, 2023
  • Due January 5, 2024

County Contacts

The following is information about the Sullivan County Offices of the Property Assessor, Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court, and the County Trustee.

  1. Property Assessor
  2. County Trustee
  3. Clerk & Master

Donna Whitaker, Current Property Assessor

Sullivan County Court House
3411 Highway 126
Suite 103
Blountville, TN 37617

Phone: 423-323-6455
Fax: 423-279-2808
Email Donna Whitaker

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Except designated holidays)

Possible Contact Reasons

  • Name and address changes of property
  • Questions regarding the assessed value of property