(KMOV) – Property tax bills started arriving in the mail this week, and many St. Louis County residents are seeing an increase in their bills despite a decline in home values.
Some residents report an increase of as much as $300.
St. Louis County Chief Operating Officer Gary Earls says they are not responsible for increased taxes. “We haven't increased the charges for those services we do. If you're interested in finding out why your tax bill went up, you're looking for someone other than St. Louis County,” he says.
A close examination of the bill will show other entities that charge property taxes. The increases are mostly because school districts have increased the amount they collect.
Earls says the bills are going out at about the same time of year as last year. Earls says they are going out earlier than the schedule because of a new law that went into effect two years ago.