Appeal Process | Deadlines | Details
The Board of Equalization (BOE) 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 BOE conducts meetings with the general public regarding property assessments, tax exemptions and Board procedures. State statutes require these meetings to be open to the public.
The BOE is required by state statutes to provide appeal forms to property owners who disagree with the assessed value of their real or personal property as determined by the St. Louis County Assessor. Appeal forms and instructions for real and personal property are available from May 1 through the second Monday in July (the statutory deadline for filing an appeal) and can be found at the BOE Appeal Forms page. You may also file your appeal online at the BOE Online Property Assessment Appeal page.
The deadline for filing an appeal to the BOE is the second Monday in July. This date is set by Missouri state law; Saint Louis County has no authority to extend it.
Along with the appeal form, property owners should provide documentation to support their opinion of value. Appellants do not have to be present for the hearing; the Board will consider all evidence submitted with the appeal. Property owners who indicate their preference to attend a hearing, will be notified by the Board of the date and time scheduled for their hearing. For more information on how to prepare for an appeal, please see our "Appeals Brochure".
Residential property owners have the option to contact a Property Owner Advocate for advice about how to best prepare their appeal - free of charge. Detailed information, including contact options, can be found here. The 2019 advocate program is expected to start on May 22, 2019.
Hearings on assessment appeals are held by the BOE during the months of July and August. The BOE is required by state statutes to complete those hearings no later than the last Saturday in August. Property owners or their representatives are notified by letter of the Board’s decision.
Property owners who disagree with the decision rendered by the BOE have the right to file an appeal to the State Tax Commission of Missouri (STC) within 30 days of the date of mailing of the Board's decision, or September 30 - whichever date is later. Property owners must file an appeal to the BOE before filing an appeal to the STC.
The BOE continues to work towards public understanding of the policies and procedures of the Board on all matters of property assessment and tax exemption.