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Posted on: September 8, 2023

Property Tax Freeze for Seniors Comes Before St. Charles County Council Monday


St. Charles County could become the first county in the region to adopt the property tax freeze for seniors passed by the Missouri legislature, under a bill before the county council Monday night.

County Executive Steve Ehlmann will meet with the media to discuss the possible impact of the bill, which is scheduled for a final vote Monday night.

WHERE: County Executive Ehlmann’s office (across the hall from the council chambers) in the Executive Building, 100 North 3rd Street, St. Charles, Mo.

WHEN: Monday, September 11 from 6:45—7:00 p.m. (Just before the 7 o’clock council meeting)

WHY: To explain how the bill could affect senior property taxes, and the possibility of court challenges.

The bill being voted on by the St. Charles County Council would localize the measure passed by the Missouri Legislature (SB 190) and signed into law by Governor Parson earlier this year.

Among the provisions of the St. Charles County ordinance:

**Eligible seniors must be at least 62-years old as of January 1, 2024.

**The tax freeze would begin in tax year 2024, and would not apply retroactively.

**The tax freeze for seniors would apply to all taxing jurisdictions located within St. Charles County (school districts, fire districts, etc.) and not just to the portion of a 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).

**The tax freeze would NOT apply to ad valorem taxes levied for the payment of bonded indebtedness (school bonds, etc.), or the State Blind Pension Fund.

After the news conference, the media is invited to attend the council meeting where the property tax freeze for seniors will be voted on.

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