Taxes

Local governments, school districts and emergency agencies in Warren County have set their property tax rates for 2019.

Each year, taxing districts must set their rates and approve any changes before taxes are levied on real estate and personal property.

The tax rate is the amount of money collected per $100 of assessed property valuation, and the assessed valuation is based on a percentage of a property’s actual market value.

Some tax rates have changed because of tax hikes approved by voters earlier this year. The impact of those hikes could cost local residents around $50 to over $150, depending on the value of their property.

But other property taxes shift slightly upward or downward each year based on a funding formula set by the state of Missouri. Those shifts could have an impact of a few dollars to less than $1 up or down.

Below are the 2019 tax rates in each Warren County taxing district. The tax rates apply to both real estate and personal property (with one exception, noted below). Where applicable, taxes are also separated by what funding purpose they are dedicated to.

To shortcut the math on how any changes affect residential property taxes, we include entries for “change per $100,000 home value.” This describes how annual taxes have changed for each $100,000 in the market value of a home.

For example, for a $200,000 home, the increase or decrease would be double the amount of the “change per $100,000 home value.”

Missouri state taxes

Unchanged from 2018.

General — $0.03

S.B. 40 (disability services) — $0.1603

2019 total — $0.1903

Warren County

The county government’s tax rate for its general purpose funding decreased slightly this year. Taxes for road and bridge work remain the same.

General — $0.1005

Road and bridge — $0.1767

2019 total — $0.2772, a decrease of $0.0026.

Change per $100,000 home value — decrease of $0.494 per year.

Ambulance District

Unchanged from 2018.

General/2019 total — $0.4991

Scenic Regional Library District

Slight decrease from 2018.

General/2019 total — $0.1973, a decrease of $0.0035.

Change per $100,000 home value — decrease of $0.665 per year.

City of Warrenton

Unchanged from 2018.

General — $0.2899

Parks — $0.1716

2019 total — $0.4615

R-III School District

The school district tax for general operations is up, with an added slight increase to the tax for its debt on large projects.

General — $3.5345

Debt service — $0.6455

Capital Projects — $0.0814

2019 total — $4.2614, an increase of $0.0384.

Change per $100,000 home value — increase of $7.296 per year.

Warrenton Fire Protection District

Unchanged from 2018.

General fund/2019 total — $0.4497

City of Wright City

Up slightly is the tax for the city to pay its debt on a bond project approved by voters in 2016.

General — $0.4970

Parks — $0.0923

Street lights — $0.1846

Debt service — $0.2014

2019 total — $0.9753, an increase of $0.0014.

Change per $100,000 home value — increase of $0.266 per year.

Wright City R-II School District

The tax for general school operations went up somewhat.

General — $3.1924

Debt service — $1.2

2019 total — $4.3924, an increase of $0.0062.

Change per $100,000 home value — $1.178 per year.

Wright City Fire Protection District

Voters within the fire district approved a $0.17 tax increase this year to keep additional fire staff who were first hired with grant funding. The district also had a slight upward adjustment of its existing tax rate.

General/2019 total — $0.5895, an increase of $0.1769.

Change per $100,000 home value — increase of $33.611 per year.

City of Marthasville

Tax rates for the city’s general use and for street lights both diminished slightly this year.

General — $0.5756

Street lights — $0.1313

2019 total — $0.7069, a decrease of $0.0043.

Change per $100,000 home value — decrease of $0.817 per year.

Washington School District

The tax levy to operate the school district, which includes part of southern Warren County, dipped slightly this year.

General — $3.5716

Capital projects — $0.1279

Debt service — $0.47

2019 total — $4.1695, a decrease of $0.0167.

Change per $100,000 home value — decrease of $3.173 per year.

Marthasville Community Ambulance District

Unchanged from 2018.

General/2019 total — $0.4069

Marthasville Volunteer Fire Department

In April this year, Marthasville-area voters approved a 10-year bond issue (a type of loan) to replace the fire station in Marthasville and purchase new rescue equipment. The district’s general tax rate is unchanged.

General — $0.3965

Debt service — $0.303

2019 total — $0.6995, an increase of $0.303.

Change per $100,000 home value — increase of $57.57 per year.

East Central College

ECC’s taxing district includes only homes within the Washington School District. The college’s operating tax rate saw a slight decrease for the first time in six years.

General — $0.3637

Debt service — $0.0841

2019 total — $0.4478, a decrease of $0.0063.

Change per $100,000 home value — $1.197 per year.

City of Truesdale

Truesdale’s property tax rate is dropping back to what the city considers normal after spiking two years ago. In 2017, a correction of overvalued property at the Coca-Cola plant caused what would have been a portion of Coca-Cola’s tax payments to be spread among other property owners’ taxes. New real estate development and increasing property values have brought those tax rates back down.

General/2019 total — $0.8617, a decrease of $0.0598.

Change per $100,000 home value — decrease of $11.362 per year.

Village of Innsbrook

The village of Innsbrook is the only political entity in Warren County that does not have a personal property tax. The village taxes real estate only. There was no change from 2018.

General (real estate only)/2019 total — $0.1272

Village of Pendleton

No change from 2018.

General/2019 total — $0.5

Foristell

The city of Foristell does not have a property tax.

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