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Houses along Holly Hills in St. Louis. May 24, 2019.
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If you own a home or business in St. Louis or St. Louis County, you may have received a letter about your property's value going up.

Residential property values on average went up 12% in the city and 15% in the county, according to assessors’ preliminary calculations.

That’s mostly good news, said St. Louis Assessor Michael Dauphin. Increasing property values mean that real estate investments are worth more. But for some, they could also mean higher tax bills.

St. Louis County Assessor's Office

The St. Louis County Assessor’s Office will undertake a review of all tax-exempt properties in the county to confirm their owners still qualify for the tax break.

Exemptions have been granted to thousands of non-profit groups because their properties are used for charitable, religious or educational purposes, but some of them no longer qualify, said County Assessor Jake Zimmerman.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 24, 2013: St. Louis County residential property owners who have seen an increase in their 2013 property values should expect to receive notices in the mail within the week, says county Assessor Jake Zimmerman.

Nothing will be sent to owners of property that has seen no change, or a decline in value, the assessor’s office said in a statement issued Friday.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 30, 2011 - As 2011 comes to a close, the St. Louis County assessor's office is hoping for a new round of checks for personal property taxes from the 83 newly found or reported airplanes, helicopters and hot-air balloons recently added to the county's rolls.

But the office may have a long delay before its assessment battle with a couple of casinos pays off. Pinnacle's River City casino in Lemay has appealed its 2010 and 2011 assessments to the Missouri Tax Commission.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 8, 2011 - Sounding like a TV ad salesman, new St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman is warning that time is running out for property owners who hope to challenge their latest residential assessments.

After extending the deadline twice, Zimmerman says, "We're going to hit our 'drop dead date' " within days for people seeking informal conferences to raise questions about their latest assessments.

Zimmerman sworn in as St. Louis County Assessor

Apr 20, 2011
(Courtesy Zimmerman Campaign)

For the first time in more than 50 years, St. Louis County has an elected assessor - not one appointed by the county executive.

Jake Zimmerman was sworn into office today following his election on April 5. Zimmerman says his priority is to build an accountable office that listens to the county's taxpayers.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 19, 2011 -One of Jake Zimmerman's first tasks as St. Louis County's first elected assessor in 50 years is hashing out with the County Council how many employees he has.

About 170 people work on county assessments, from assessing homes and personal property (cars, trucks and planes) to mailing out notices.

Morning headlines: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Apr 6, 2011

City Voters Overwhelmingly Agree to Keep Earnings Tax

Now that voters in both of Missouri's large cities have renewed their earnings taxes, leaders of both St. Louis and Kansas City say now is the time for a hard look at how they operate. Kansas City voted Tuesday to keep its 1 percent earnings tax by a 3-to-1 margin. The gap was bigger in St. Louis, where nearly 90 percent of voters favored the 1 percent tax.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 23, 2011 - St. Louis County Revenue Director Eugene Leung acknowledges that his department hasn't a clue how many owners of private planes housed somewhere in the county may owe delinquent personal property taxes because they haven't registered the aircraft. And he doesn't plan to try to find out.

The Revenue Department is only certain about one: the family of U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 11, 2011 -If the candidates are correct, the St. Louis area will see and hear a lot more of Democrat Jake Zimmerman and Republican L.K. "Chip" Wood before this month is out.

Zimmerman and Wood are vying to be St. Louis County's first elected assessor, as mandated by county and state ballot propositions last year. The election is April 5.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 17, 2011 - Jake Zimmerman, the Democratic nominee for St. Louis County assessor, promised today that -- if elected April 5 -- he would first conduct "a full review of systems and processes in the office'' to make sure that property assessments are conducted fairly and accurately.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 13, 2011 - L.K. "Chip" Wood, head of L.K. Wood Realtors, says he "hit the ground running'' early this morning to launch his bid to win election April 5 as St. Louis County's first elected assessor.

Wood, 56, narrowly edged out former St. Louis County Executive Gene McNary in a close vote Wednesday night by members of the county's Republican Central Committee. Sources say the vote was 23-21 in favor of Wood.