Ambulance District Board Votes To Set Personal Property Tax At Maximum Allowable Rate

For the second consecutive year, the Ste. Genevieve County Ambulance District board members set its personal property tax rate at the maximum allowed by law at a tax hearing prior to its monthly meeting last Thursday.

The board approved a tax rate of $.0.0253 per $100 of assessed valuation.

From 2010 through 2017 the board either rolled back or maintained its tax rate each year.

A half-cent sales tax, passed by voters in 2006, made the rollbacks possible. In recent years, however, sales tax revenue has decreased.

“[Calendar year] 2018 sales tax was down from 2017,” executive director Kendall Shrum told the board. “It was down by $7,613. For this year, we’re running right on line. Sales tax revenue is $3,214 for the year over where we projected.”

He called that “pretty well right on target” for 2019.

He said the county’s assessed valuation has increased by $5,288,571, or 1.13 percent, in the last year.

The ambulance district board had taken its rate from $0.0400 in 2011 to $0.0209 in 2017, but it increased to $0.0241 last year.

See complete story in the August 21 edition of the Herald.

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