Tax bills to be mailed by St. Louis County in early November

The St. Louis County Collector of Revenue announces that the 2011 tax bills will be mailed to St. Louis County property owners in early November.

Real property tax bills will be mailed before personal property tax bills, according to a news release.

Any property owner who escrows taxes through their mortgage company and receives a tax bill for real property should contact their mortgage company for instructions.

Self-addressed courtesy reply envelopes are included for mailing payments. Real property and personal property tax payments may be included on one check and mailed in either of the envelopes. If the self-addressed envelope is not used, taxpayers may find the mailing address on the back of the tax bill. Payments may be made at the Collector of Revenue’s Office on the Street Level of the Lawrence K. Roos County Government Building, 41 S. Central Avenue, Clayton, MO 63105.

Office hours are from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

In addition, payments may also be made at the St. Louis County Government Satellite Offices by check or money order only; cash payments are accepted only at the North Satellite Office and in Clayton.

Real and personal property taxes can be paid online at Property owners have the option of paying by direct debit of a checking or savings account or by credit card. If a credit card is used, a convenience fee may apply.

By law, taxes must be paid or postmarked by the United States Postal Service on or before Dec. 31 to avoid interest and penalties.

Property owners need to be aware that the last day to pay tax bills in person is Friday, Dec. 30, because county offices will be closed Saturday, Dec. 31.

Due to preparations for the mailing of the 2011 tax bills, public access to 2011 tax information on St. Louis County’s website will not be available until approximately Nov. 4.