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Property Taxes

Missouri homeowners who bought their properties after June 13th of this year and think the assessed values were too high can file appeals, due to a change in the tax code.  But there's a catch.

There could be two new options for St. Louis residents to use their property tax bills  next year as a vehicle for charitable donations.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 25, 2010 - Missourians on Nov. 2 will vote on Constitutional Amendment 2, whose approval would exempt POWs with service-related disabilities from having to pay property taxes.

State Rep. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, got the measure on the ballot by successfully ushering a bill through the Missouri Legislature.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 25, 2009 - Bill Corrigan, a Republican candidate for St. Louis County executive next year, followed through with his plans to announce today a tax reform plan that his campaign says "focuses on taxpayer protection."

But a key plank of his plan -- capping the increase in property values to the rate of inflation -- would likely require legislative action.

Commentary: What's good about the city earnings tax?

Jul 22, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 22, 2009 - Few local public finance issues generate more controversy than the Earnings Tax.

The city of St. Louis imposes a tax of 1 percent on all the wages earned within the city by both residents and non-residents. City residents who work outside St. Louis must pay the 1 percent tax on their wages as well. In addition, the city collects a one-half percent tax on the payroll of businesses that have employees working within the city of St. Louis and a one percent earnings tax on all profit generated within the city limits.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 16, 2009 - Property owners in St. Louis County are about to test the theory of gravity and find out whether what goes up will really come down.

Next month, owners of the 365,000 residential properties in the county will receive their preliminary property tax notices. During the last reassessment, in 2007, many bills rose sharply because of rising property values. With today's news filled with the woes of the real-estate market, homeowners could be forgiven for assuming that as dramatically as their bills shot up last time, the bottom line number should drop just as much this time.