Finance & Tax

COVID-19 Update

Effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020 the City Hall is closed to public access. The Tax and Finance Department will continue to provide services. Modifications to services are as follows:

  • Property Taxes: continue to pay online here or by mail, in person payments will not be accepted at this time.
  • Hotel/Motel Room Occupancy Tax: continue to pay online here or by mail, in person payments will not be accepted at this time. Remember that to be on-time payments should be postmarked by the due date.
  • Questions regarding Business Licenses, Beer Permit Applications, or Liquor Permit Applications please call 615-893-5210. A member of Finance staff will answer your call and direct your query to the appropriate staff.
  • If you are a City vendor and have questions regarding an invoice or receiving payment please call 615-893-5210. A member of Finance staff will answer your call and direct you to the appropriate staff.

Open Finance Portal

Easy access to City financial data is available using the Open Finance Portal

Citizens and visitors can browse real-time data related to the City’s financial records in a user-friendly format.  The information is updated nightly to reflect the most accurate and timely financial transactions in the growing City of Murfreesboro.  The Open Finance Portal includes the City’s General Fund, the Murfreesboro Water Resources Department, and the Murfreesboro Stormwater Fund.

Finance, Tax & Records Department


The Finance and Tax Department, while accounted for within the general administration function, has significant duties and responsibilities. The Finance Department is charged with the prudent management and monitoring of the City’s financial position. They maintain accurate and timely reporting of revenues and expenditures for all City financial activities. They are responsible for cash management, debt planning, and long-range financial planning.

City Services


The services of this department encompass city property taxes, business licenses, beer and liquor permits, hotel/motel taxes, the city budget, accounts payable, and records of the City Council meetings.

Staff


The staff of the Finance Department strives to provide efficient, courteous, and accurate service in all areas of the department. Our goal is to do our very best to serve you in a professional manner.

Finance Director, City Recorder & Treasurer


The Finance Director, City Recorder, and Treasurer, Melissa Wright, is the head of the fiscal department of the city and is also responsible for keeping records of City Council meetings, and is the custodian of public records, bonds, ordinance books, and the accounting system of the city. The position is appointed by City Council.

Budget


The budget is approved by two readings of the City Council and is presented for public comment before being officially adopted as law for the next fiscal year. Municipal budgets and financial audit reports are available for review.


Tax Department


The Tax Department maintains accounting records, deposits, and funds for all City departments. This department receives all City tax payments and issues business license issuances and permits related to beer and liquor. These transactions keep this department in constant contact with the public. This department works closely with the City Manager and the legal department and is responsible for recording City Council actions, Resolutions, and Ordinances.

Property Tax


Property tax records are available online for your use. Tax notices are mailed the first of October. If you have not received your notice by the second week of October, please contact the Tax Department by calling 615-893-5210, or come by our department located on the first floor of City Hall.

Tax Payment


All city taxes are due and payable by December 31.  After this date, additional penalties and interest are due. Your taxes must be paid by cash, check, money order, or credit card. We do not accept bank counter checks or two-party checks. Credit card payments will incur a credit processing fee. Please write your 5-digit receipt number on all checks or money orders. Partial property tax payments are accepted according to policies set forth by Murfreesboro City Council. We encourage you to pay early to avoid standing in long lines in December. There is not a discount offered for early payment.

Avoid the lines and use the City's online payment option.

Awards & Recognition


For each of the previous 18 consecutive years, the City of Murfreesboro has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. Additionally, the City has been awarded the GFOA Budget Award for five consecutive years.

City Recorder


The Tax Department is headed by the City Recorder, Melissa Wright, who is appointed by the City Council. The City Recorder is the head of the Finance Department of the City and is also responsible for keeping records of City Council meetings, and is the custodian of public records, bonds, ordinance books, and the accounting system of the City.