Frequently Asked Questions
SHOULD I RECEIVE A PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX BILL?
Any person who resides in St. Charles County on the 1st day of year and owns any tangible personal property made taxable by the laws of the State of Missouri must pay a personal property tax bill for that year.
HOW MUCH ARE MY TAXES?
Property taxes are made up of two components: (1) ASSESSED VALUE RATE. The ASSESSED VALUE, as determined by the County Assessor, is based upon a percentage of the market value of the property. The TAX RATE per $100 of assessed value, is determined by the location of the property.
TAX RATES BY LOCATION
The TAX RATE is established initially by a vote of the residents within the boundaries of the taxing subdivision. Property tax rates are monitored and approved annually by the State Auditor. Examples of these taxing subdivisions would include public schools, fire districts, library district, ambulance district and cities.
Tax bills are mailed to taxpayers by December 1st of the tax year and are delinquent after December 31st. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve a taxpayer of the obligation to pay taxes by December 31st to prevent the assessment of late payment interest and penealities.
WHAT IF I LOSE MY PERSONAL PROPERTY PAID RECEIPT?
A duplicate receipt is available from the Collector's Office for a statutory fee of $1.00.
All of the license bureaus in St. Charles County have access to the State paid tax database which is updated at least weekly. License Bureau personnel may be willing to look up the paid tax information. There is a nominal fee for this service charged and retained by the individual License Offices.
SHOULD I RECEIVE A REAL ESTATE TAX BILL?
The party holding title to a parcel of real estate at the end of the tax year is responsible for the real estate tax. Often taxes are pro-rated at the time of closing between a buyer and seller and the buyer is then responsible for the full tax payment at the end of the year.
WHAT IS OCCUPANCY TAX?
St. Charles County Citizens passed the Occupancy Bill (RSMo137.082) in the General Election of November 1990. The bill states that newly constructed and occupied residential property shall be assessed and taxed the first day of the month following the date of occupancy.