The Board of Equalization is a Statutory Board that is governed by the Missouri Constitution and Missouri. Revised Statutes. Board members are appointed for three-year terms by the County Executive and approved by the County Council. The Board of Equalization conducts meetings with the general public regarding tax assessment, tax exemptions and Board procedures. State Statutes require these meetings to be open to the public.
The Board of Equalization has the responsibility of determining the correct value of real and personal property for individuals, businesses and manufacturers. The Board also considers requests for exemption from real and personal property taxes submitted by not-for-profit organizations and provides recommendations to the St. Louis County Council based upon the ownership and use of the property. The Board's recommendation regarding tax exemption is based on provisions of the Missouri Constitution and Missouri Revised Statutes.
Requests for exemption from real and personal property taxes are submitted to the Board of Equalization throughout the year by not-for-profit organizations.
The Division of Assessment conducts a physical inspection of the property that is the subject of the petition and files a report with the Board of Equalization. The Board of Equalization is required to schedule a hearing to determine if the ownership and use of the property meets the qualifications for tax exemption as provided for in the Missouri Constitution and the Missouri Revised Statutes. The Board of Equalization is required by State Statutes to notify the petitioner of the hearing date and time.
The Board of Equalization continues to work towards goal where all parties fully understand the policies and procedures of the Board on all matters of tax assessment and tax exemption.