Fire Protection District Drops Plan for Tax Hike
CHESTERFIELD (AP) - St. Louis County residents who live within the Monarch Fire Protection District won't be seeing a 6.6 percent property tax rate increase after all. The district board voted 2-1 last month to increase the rate for taxes due Dec. 31. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that after protests from residents and state lawmakers, the board voted Tuesday to restore the lower rate. Board president Kim Evans expressed concerns about how the district will balance its budget but called the decision to go back to the lower rate the correct one. Retaining the lower rate will generate about $1.5 million less than the higher rate would have. The district covers 55 square miles in west St. Louis County.