Mayor Tishaura O. Jones Signs Senior Property Tax Freeze Bill, Bringing Relief to Senior Homeowners

St. Louis joins dozens of local governments throughout the state of Missouri with the signing of this legislation.

December 18, 2023 | 2 min reading time

Today, Mayor Tishaura O. Jones signed Board Bill 141, enacting a freeze on property taxes for senior residents, many of whom are on a fixed income. St. Louis joins dozens of local governments throughout the state of Missouri with the signing of this legislation.

“Our city’s seniors have remained dedicated to their homes and communities for generations,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “This tax freeze ensures they can age in place in their neighborhoods, even as their neighborhoods develop and new neighbors move in around them.”

This credit allows the City to provide senior citizens with fixed property tax rates year over year, allowing eligible senior citizens to more effectively budget their limited resources. Starting January 2024, eligible senior citizens will be able to apply through the City of St. Louis Assessor’s office for the credit each year before the June 30 deadline.

“Many seniors want to stay in their homes as they age, but that’s not easy on a fixed income,” said bill sponsor Alderwoman Anne Schweitzer, Ward 1. “This tax credit will keep much needed funds in the pockets of our city’s seniors without causing harm to other taxing districts like our public schools.”

To be considered eligible, applicants must be ages 62 and up, reside in the City of St. Louis, and have earned at least forty Social Security credits. They must also:

  • Be the owner of, or have a legal or equitable interest, in a homestead valued at $500,000 or less,
  • Use the property as a primary residence, and 
  • Be liable for taxes on the property.

This tax credit does not apply to commercial or investment properties, property currently receiving tax abatement, or the personal property tax. For more information, contact the St. Louis City Assessor’s Office at 314-622-4050.

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