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Knox County property tax collections are up this year to the tune of $7.1 million, according to financial numbers released Friday.

Knox County interim Trustee Craig Leuthold said his office took in just over $244.9 million so far from early July, when the fiscal year began, to Feb. 28 when property taxes are due before penalties kick in.

The amount, Leuthold noted, incudes current taxes, delinquent collections and interest on the delinquent collections.

Of the $7.1 million in additional collections, about $1.2 million of it is from delinquent accounts.

"I attribute this to the employees working hard, and going out, especially our delinquent side," Leuthold said. "The collections department was out there hustling."

Tax season runs from October through February.

Percentage wise, collections are up 93.59 percent compared to 92.07 percent this time last year.

Leuthold is up for election this year and faces Knox County Commissioner Ed Shouse and former Trustee's Office worker Barry Hawkins in May's Republican Primary. The winner will take on James Berrier, a Democrat, in the August general election.

Tune in to WBIR on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. to catch the Republican candidates debate the issues and answer questions on "Inside Tennessee."

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