Mehlville Fire to hold public hearing on tax rate

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By Lucas Irizarry, Staff Reporter

The Mehlville Fire Protection District Board of Directors will hold a public hearing Wednesday on the 2021 “blended” tax rate, ahead of tax rates being due to to the state Oct. 1. 

The hearing will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 29, at the district’s headquarters, 11020 Mueller Road. 

The board set its preliminary rates in April, with a blended tax-rate rollback of 3.5 cents from 2020 due to a 9.5-percent increase in preliminary assessed values, with a 7.64-percent increase in residential property assessed values and a 12.85-percent increase in commercial assessed values.

The blended tax rate is not levied, but used for state calculations.

The decrease in the blended rate will still result in an estimated increase in 2021 tax revenue. 

Since all categories of real property increased in assessed values, the permitted revenue growth is limited to the consumer price index. 

The district still has to receive its final assessed values from the county, which will then be voted on by the board and submitted to the state.