Pictured above: St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman speaks at the Oakville Democrats’ ODO Fest in October 2018. Photo by Erin Achenbach.
Starting today, St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman is going to appear at a series of town halls with County Council members to address rising property assessments in the county.
The first town hall happens today — Thursday, June 20 — at The Pavilion at Lemay. It will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at recreation center, 205 Gregg Road in Jefferson Barracks Park in Lemay.
Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas, 5th District Councilwoman Lisa Clancy and Zimmerman will co-host a joint town hall, which Clancy will livestream on her Facebook page.
Residents in West County will get a town hall with Zimmerman too. He will appear at a town hall at noon Tuesday, June 25, at the Manchester Police Facility, 200 Highlands Boulevard in Manchester.
That town hall is co-hosted by 3rd District Councilman Tim Fitch, R-Fenton, and 7th District Councilman Mark Harder, R-Ballwin.
“Both councilmen have received numerous complaints and questions about large increases in property values,” the council members said in their announcement of the town hall.
The three will host a second town hall from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Affton White-Rodgers Community Center, 9801 Mackenzie Road.
The officials will try to livestream that event too.
Clancy, D-Maplewood, and 6th District Councilman Trakas, R-Oakville, said they have been inundated with questions from their constituents about why property values are rising so much this year, a phenomenon seen countywide. Residents have made their concerns known to council members in all districts, they said.
“The extent and amount of increases in property values is alarming, and the appeals process is not necessarily easy to discern,” Trakas said in a news release from Clancy’s office. “In addition, access to the assessor and a better explanation of the appeals process is something the citizens are entitled to.”
Clancy added, “I’ve heard a lot of questions and concerns from my constituents about their assessed property values, and I welcome the opportunity to work with Councilman Trakas to get some answers.”