Affton’s Prop S may cost Crestwood money

Affton’s Prop S may cost Crestwood money

By Lucas Irizarry, Staff Reporter

The City of Crestwood will see a hit to its budget after Proposition S passed in Affton April 5.

Prop S is a 10-cent per $100 assessed evaluation tax increase that will fund the Affton Fire Protection District’s pension program.

Last May, Crestwood lost a four-year legal battle with AFPD over fire service for annexed residents. Crestwood objected to the constitutionality of payments it had been giving Affton since annexing part of the 63123 ZIP code. The case went all the way to the Missouri Supreme Court, who sided with Affton on all legal arguments.

In 2021, Crestwood’s annual payments were up to $565,000, and increase each time Affton passes a tax increase. 

Crestwood Mayor Grant Mabie said the district will begin budgeting right away for the added expenditure.

“Proposition S has the distinction of being (Affton’s) third property tax increase in the last 10 years, and regardless of the merits, the end result for us will probably be an extra $50,000 a year out of the budget,” Mabie said.