Timing is everything, isn’t it? The new St Louis County property tax increases just got posted on the county website yesterday. My taxes went up $235. Although I hate having to pay more, it’s still less than my 2008 tax rate. So I guess I shouldn’t complain too much.
But I’m in the Parkway school district, our school district taxes only went up 4.61%. People living in the Pattonville district, which happens to be a few streets over from my house, had an 11.5% increase. Other districts with double digit percentage increases are Brentwood, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, University City and Webster Groves.
If you want to check out your new tax bill, click on this link. It will take you to the real estate tax information for St Louis County.
You can find your property by typing in your name or your address. That will take you to the page that tells about your property, it has assessment values, legal description, and things like that. In the light blue column on the left hand side, there is a link that says “Tax Amounts Due.” It’s close to the bottom of the page. Click on that. Scroll down towards the bottom of the page and it will show you your 2010 tax amount.
It’s really not that hard to navigate. You just have to remember that the “finder” portion of the page is always at the very bottom. You need to be in the top half of the screen and scroll to find some of the things I’m talking about. It’s not always intuitive. A wrong click can make you start over.
The St Louis Post Dispatch did a good article on the subject in today’s paper. Here’s a link to the full story. Post Dispatch article