Reference Number: 
CTAS-827

Trustees receive a commission, for the benefit of the county, for receiving and disbursing funds.  However, trustees may not demand or receive any compensation not specified by law, T.C.A. § 8‑21‑101, and may not receive any authorized commission until the duty or service for which it is granted has been performed, unless specifically allowed by law.  T.C.A. § 8‑21‑102.  It is the duty of the courts to decide, upon application by the trustee, any question regarding proper compensation, thereby protecting a trustee acting pursuant to the decision.  T.C.A. § 8‑21‑105.  The compensation of the county trustee for receiving and paying over to the rightful authorities all moneys received is listed in the chart below:

1.  State, County and Municipal Revenue:

A. Sums up to $10,000 6%
B. Sums above $10,000 and up to $20,000 4%
C. Sums above $20,000 2%

2.  County Offices:

A. Money collected from county officers on fees 1%
B. Money turned over by clerks of the courts and other collecting office 1%

3.  Schools:

A. Money on the school fund received from the state, except that portion that exceeds the amount of BEP funds provided in the 1991 - 1992 fiscal year. See T.C.A. §§ 8-11-110 and 49-3-358. 1%
B.

From federal school lunch program funds handled by the trustee (however, this amount may be paid out of school funds or county general purpose funds if county legislative body so votes)T.C.A. § 8‑11‑110.

1/4%

4.  Highways:

A. For handling county aid funds (T.C.A. § 54‑4‑103(b)(1)) 1%

5.  Special District Funds:

A.  Watershed Districts

1. For collection of assessments in watershed districts (T.C.A. § 69‑6‑139) 1%
2. For collection of ad valorem taxes in watershed districts (T.C.A. § 69‑6‑145) 1%

B.  Drainage and Levee Districts

1. For collection of assessments in drainage and levee districts (T.C.A. § 69‑5‑835) 2%
2. Certified statements, per 100 words (T.C.A. § 69‑5‑835) $1
3. For receiving money from the sale of bonds and warrants (T.C.A. § 69‑5‑931) ½%
4. For paying out money from the sale of bonds and warrants (T.C.A. § 69‑5‑931) ½%

C.  Road Improvement Districts

1. For collecting and paying out assessments in a road improvement district (T.C.A. §§ 54‑12‑111 and 54‑12‑424) 2%
2. Certified statements, per 100 words, for road improvement district (T.C.A. § 54-12-424) $1
3. For receiving money from the sale of bonds and warrants (T.C.A. § 54-12-425) ½%
4. For paying out money from the sale of bonds and warrants (T.C.A. § 54-12-425) ½%

6. Inquest Proceedings

A. Disposition of effects found on a dead body (T.C.A. §§ 38‑5‑119 through 38‑5‑121) 3%

The trustee is entitled to collect a different percentage for collection of municipal taxes upon a negotiated basis pursuant to an approved intergovernmental agreement.  T.C.A. § 8-11-110(h).