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St. Charles County real estate assessment notices to be mailed in April


The St. Charles County Assessor will mail 2019 Notices of Real Estate Assessment to property owners in April. State law requires the Assessor to revalue all real property in the county as of Jan. 1 of odd-numbered years. The valuation notices reflect the change in value since January 1, 2017.

“Along with the assessment details, the notices include information on property tax relief and the appeal process, and answers to frequently asked questions,” says Scott Shipman, Assessor.

Notices will be sent in three mailings: Washington, Wentzville, and St. Charles school districts first; Fort Zumwalt and Orchard Farm school districts second; and the Francis Howell School District third. Taxpayers have 10 days from the mailed date on the notice to schedule an informal hearing with a staff member from the Assessor’s office to discuss the property value or classification by calling 636-949-7431 or 1-800-822-4012, ext. 7431, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Scheduled informal hearings will be conducted Monday through Thursday at 201 N. Second St. in St. Charles beginning the last week of April.

“Taxpayers are welcome to contact us with any questions they have about the assessments,” adds Shipman.

The Assessor is responsible for establishing the fair market value of both real estate and personal property within St. Charles County to assure taxes are distributed fairly among those responsible for payment. Real estate and personal property values are adjusted as necessary to reflect current market and economic conditions such as interest rates, inflation rates, supply and demand, and changes in tax laws. Political subdivisions, which include school, city and fire districts, establish property tax rates/levies based on budgetary requirements needed to appropriately fund services provided within their jurisdiction. The Collector of Revenue receives these rates annually by Oct. 31 and is charged with issuing property tax bills and the collection and disbursement of taxes to the political subdivisions.

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