County Assessor To Review Property Tax Exemptions Of Non-Profit Groups

The St. Louis County Assessor’s Office will undertake a review of all tax-exempt properties in the county to confirm their owners still qualify for the tax break.

Exemptions have been granted to thousands of non-profit groups because their properties are used for charitable, religious or educational purposes, but some of them no longer qualify, said County Assessor Jake Zimmerman.

Some groups may “simply be trying to hide in the robes of the non-profit while what they’re really doing looks like, talks like and quacks like a for-profit business,” he said. “It’s our responsibility to be diligent in reviewing them.”

Zimmerman has in the past opposed tax exempt statuses granted to some senior living facilities in the county that provide little or no charitable services.