The St. Charles County Council passed an ordinance Sept. 11 that would provide relief on property tax bills for eligible senior citizens. Residents who want to get the tax freeze will be able to apply in March of 2024 through the Collector of Revenue’s office. This change does not affect 2023 tax bills.
The new law would:
Apply to St. Charles County residents who are at least 62 years old as of Jan. 1, 2024.
Begin in tax year 2024 and won’t apply retroactively.
Apply to all taxing jurisdictions within St. Charles County (school districts, fire districts, etc.) and not just to the part of the property tax bill that goes to the county itself. (About 2 percent of the total property tax goes to the county for the dedicated Road and Bridge Fund and Dispatch and Alarm Fund.)
NOT apply to the portion of the property tax bill that goes to bonded indebtedness such as bonds for ambulance districts, fire districts, school districts and cities, nor to the State Blind Pension Fund.
The St. Charles County Collector’s Office is committed to providing efficient tax payment (collection and disbursement) operations and to providing exceptional customer service to the taxpayers by promptly and professionally waiting on them at the windows, pleasantly and patiently answering telephone inquiries, and courteously and creatively handling problems.
Your tax bill is comprised of three key components:
The assessment authority (Assessor’s Office) is responsible for establishing the fair market value of all property within St. Charles County as of the tax date. This assures the tax burden is distributed fairly among those responsible for payment.
The taxing authority (school, city, fire districts, etc.) establishes the tax rate based on the budgetary requirements needed to appropriately fund the services provided within their jurisdiction.