Change of assessment notices mailed to county property owners

Property taxes in south county could rise as much as 3.13-percent a year, or more, depending on where you live, according to a news release issued Monday by the St. Louis County Department of Revenue.

Estimates are on their way to residential property owners notifying them of changes in their assessed value, according to Acting Assessor Phil Muehlheausler.

Residents of Lindbergh School District will see an average increase of 3.13 percent per year, or a 6.25 percent increase during the two-year assessment period.

Mehlville residents will increase 3.22 percent per year, or 6.44 percent over the next two years.

Affton residents will receive the highest bump. Their taxes will increase an average of 3.73 percent per year, or 7.46 percent during this assessment cycle.

As mandated by law, the county must notify property owners of changes in the assessed value of their property.

Property owners may participate in an appeal process if they disagree with the preliminary value of their property.

Notices being mailed include information about how they can file an appeal with the Board of Equalization.

Taxpayers may call 615-4595 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays before April 11 to schedule an informal conference.

The first 3,000 residents to call from this area will be scheduled at 75 Grasso Plaza.

Further requests will be scheduled on a space-available basis, according to the release.

A change in value may be considered only if the property owner can provide supporting documentation that the appraised value is in excess of the market value as of Jan. 1, 2003.

Such documentation could include copies of a recent appraisal, sales contract, closing statement, estimates for repairs, photos or actual construction costs if the home was recently built.

Objections to the increase in appraised value are not sufficient justification for an appeal, according to the release.

Countywide the average increase in assessed valuation is 2.86-percent per year.

Change of assessment notices for commercial and industrial properties will be mailed in May, according to the Department of Revenue release.

For further information, taxpayers can visit the Department of Revenue’s web site at http://revenue.stlouisco.com.