Stormwater Property Taxes
MSD levies taxes to provide funding for the stormwater services provided within the District. These taxes vary by property location and comply with Missouri State Statute Sections 137.073 and 137.115, to the extent these sections apply; and Article X, Section 22 of the Missouri Constitution (Hancock Amendment). Below is a description of our three tax types. To find out what taxes are levied for a specific address, visit the interactive map here.
1. General Administrative Tax (1.75¢ per $100 Assessed Valuation)
- Revenue from this tax funds stormwater services and stormwater regulatory activities throughout the entire District.
2. Districtwide Stormwater Operations and Maintenance Tax (9.03¢ per $100 Assessed Valuation)
- Revenue from this tax funds stormwater system operation and maintenance, rehabilitation, and limited construction of infrastructure and other capital improvements, and an operating reserve throughout the entire District.
3. Operations, Maintenance, Construction, and Improvement Taxes (OMCI) (Ranging from 0.0¢ to 10.0¢ per $100 Assessed Valuation)
- Taxes collected in the various subdistricts must be spent within the subdistrict. Effective in 2016 all subdistrict tax rates were voluntarily set to zero. Beginning in FY21, tax rates in six of the subdistricts will no longer be reduced to zero, so stormwater projects can be started. Remaining fund balances from these taxes fund stormwater operations, maintenance, construction, and improvements within the geographic areas where they are levied. The voters in each of these taxing districts voted to approve these taxes in exchange for a higher level of stormwater services than could be funded by the other two taxes. As a result, customers in these areas will see multiple MSD tax levies on their bill. They will pay the General Administrative tax, the Districtwide Stormwater Operations and Maintenance Tax and one or more OMCI taxes.
Above are the budgeted tax rates for each of the taxing districts for the calendar year ending December 31, 2020. Final rates will be set no later than October 1 each year. Once set, those rates will be posted here.
Why am I being charged a Sewer Lateral Fee?
The City of St. Louis and St. Louis County both manage sewer lateral repair programs, in which the homeowner pays an annual fee on their tax bill. MSD does not charge this fee or receive any revenue collected from this fee. For more information regarding these programs, please visit the website of The City of St. Louis or St. Louis County. (St. Louis County website is under construction currently so link takes you to home page.)
Why do I have multiple “sewer” taxes on my tax bill?
If you have multiple sewer related taxes on your bill, not including the Sewer Lateral Fee, you property falls within an Operations, Maintenance, Construction, and Improvement sub-district. Revenue from these taxes fund stormwater operations, maintenance, construction, and improvements within the geographic areas where they are levied. The voters in each of these taxing districts voted to approve these taxes in exchange for a higher level of stormwater services than could be funded by the other two taxes.