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Tax Loophole For St. Louis County Country Clubs Has Homeowners Paying More

A loophole reportedly allows private country clubs in West County to pay less taxes, affecting what school districts like Parkway receive and forcing homeowners to pay more. Watch KMOV's story here.

According to a recent news report by KMOV invstigative reporter Chris Nagus, private country clubs in Missouri receive a "sweetheart deal" which allows them to pay less in taxes.

(View Chris Nagus' report on KMOV here.)

 As a result, homeowners pay more in taxes and school districts, including the Parkway School District, receive less money for education.

According to Nagus' report, Town and Country's Bellerive Country Club, Meadowbrook, and Westwood are all country clubs located within the Parkway school district. He said Parkway is losing $218,850 a year due to the loophole.

Parkway School District Board President Beth Feldman is interviewed in the KMOV report. She points out that any extra money would help Parkway because the district cut eight million dollars from its budget last year and will likely make additional cuts.

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Nagus said in his report that there are 16 private country clubs in St. Louis County that receive the tax advantage due to an old court ruling. The law allows the country clubs to pay taxes based on residential codes, instead of paying commercial taxes.

County Assessor Jake Zimmerman said the loophole is unfair and is calling on the Missouri legislature to change the law.

What do you think about the loophole? Tell us in the comments below.

Neal Handler November 09, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Why was this tax advantage created for the clubs? The answer as to what to do now can possibly be found with the original answer as to why they were created in the beginning.

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