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​​​​​​​​​​The Rockwood Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 tax rate at its September 29, 2020 meeting. The rate, approved by the Missouri State Auditor, is $4.2985.  This is a decrease of 4.78 cents from last year’s tax rate of $4.3463. The operating levy will be $3.6185​, and the debt service levy will remain at $0.68 cents.​

 When Rockwood's tax rate goes down, what does that mean for taxpayers?

  • ​The State Tax Commission and local circuit courts reduced the property tax valuations for various properties for previous tax years. The total reduction in assessed valuation was only $456,350 for this year. This compares to $30.4 million in reductions last year. These reductions in valuation resulted in a loss of tax revenue to the school district. The law allows the district to recoup this loss over a three-year period. The district plans to include $0.0001 cents in the tax rates for 2020, 2021 and 2022 to recover the lost revenue.

  • An additional $6.91 cents will also be recouped in 2020 for second and third year installments of the 2019 and 2018 cases, respectively.

  • The recoupment rate for 2020-2021 is $4.84 cents less than last year.

  • ​​The 2020 assessed valuation, less new construction and improvements, increased 0.23% over 2019. Overall, with new construction, the assessed valuation increased 1.28% to a combined amount of $4,169,998,108. The increase in assessed valuation, less new construction and improvements, was less than the consumer price index; therefore, this did not result in an increase or decrease in the tax rate.

Each year the Missouri State Auditor (SAO) provides forms that districts must use to calculate the tax rate.  If the assessed valuation increases by more than the consumer price index, the tax rate will decrease.  This is commonly referred to as the Hancock ​​Amendment.  If the assessed valuation, less new construction and improvements, is less than the consumer price index, the tax rate may increase

When reductions are made to property valuations after the tax rate is set, the district can recoup the lost dollars. This is accomplished by using a two-step process included in the Missouri State Auditor forms.  First, the district must recalculate each year using the revised assessed valuations. This results in an adjusted tax rate ceiling that is used in subsequent years. Second, the district is allowed to recoup the lost revenue over a three-year period. 

The taxpayer who owns a home with the value of $250,000 will see a net decrease over the previous year of approximately $22.70 in taxes. This assumes the valuation remains unchanged.  Here is the calculation:

2019: $250,000 x 19% x .043463 = $2,064.49 Rockwood taxes for 2019 

2020: $250,000 x 19% x .042985 = $2,041.79 Rockwood taxes for 2020 

It is important to remember your tax bill includes taxes to a number of other taxing authorities (i.e. Special School District, Fire District, libraries, sewer, the Zoo).  Rockwood is just one of several taxing authorities. Although Rockwood is setting a lower tax rate (by 4.78 cents), as described above, your overall tax bill is also affected by all taxing authorities and your new valuation. 

State law requires districts wholly located within St. Louis County to report separate levies by class (e.g. residential, commercial, and agricultural) of property and a blended rate.  Since Rockwood serves two counties (St. Louis and Jefferson), the district sets one tax rate for all taxpayers. 


 Calculate Your Estimated Taxes​

​​Find out the amount of your tax dollars going to your local school district by using the property tax calculator below. This is an estimate only. This does not include taxes paid to ANY other taxing districts, including, but not limited to:​
  • Local Fire District

  • Special School District

  • Libraries

  • Sewer District

  • Zoo, Museum District 

If you would like more information about property taxes paid to Rockwood, please call (636) 733-2021.  For general information about the property reassessment process, visit St. Louis County's web site at or call (314) 615-5500.​