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Shenanigans with the county's tax assessments

Shenanigans with the county's tax assessments


I am writing out of frustration regarding the proposed real estate taxes being assessed on my property. Since purchasing this home in 2013, the value, according to the St. Louis County assessor, has increased by 1 percent. I have no argument with this since virtually no improvements have been made and the home was neglected for numerous years prior to my possession.

What I don’t understand is, if the property value has only increased by 1 percent, how the proposed tax amount due in December will increase more than 55 percent. This clearly makes no sense. It appears the assessor has pulled these numbers out of thin air.

I have spoken to a real estate tax person about this situation and was told the county computer algorithm was the real problem and that the person responsible for this computer program resigned several weeks ago. This does not give one confidence in our taxation system within the assessor’s office.

I believe Assessor Jake Zimmerman owes the residents of St. Louis County an explanation of how his office arrives at these tax amounts. We cannot simply roll over every two years when these reassessments are done and pay for unjustified property value increases. I don’t mind paying my fair share, but my fair share needs to be clearly explained. We must stop putting up with these shenanigans year after year.

Barbara Erker-Baumstark  •  Ladue

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