Legal Descriptions

Ordinance Establishing TGSCC-SBD


The Tower Grove South Concerned Citizens Special Business District (TGSCC-SBD) was formed by St. Louis City Ordinance Ordinance 63154, pursuant to Sections 71.790 through 71.808, RSMo. Pursuant to Section 71.800, RSMo., Special Business Districts “may impose a tax upon the owners of real property within the district which shall not exceed $0.68 s on every one hundred- dollars of assessed value of property.

The Tower Grove South Concerned Citizens Special Business District has submitted various tax rates to voters within the District pursuant to the following ordinances:

  • Ordinance 68038– original ordinance creating the SBD and establishing a maximum tax rate of $0.85 per $100 valuation for the tax years 2009-2013
  • Ordinance 69292 -renewal ordinance extending the SBD and lowering the maximum tax rate to $0.68 per $100 valuation for the tax years 2014-2018

Legal Boundaries Defining District


A Special Business District, to be known as the “Tower Grove South Concerned Citizens Special Business District” (hereinafter referred to as the “District”), is hereby renewed for the area of the City described as follows:

Beginning at the intersection of the center lines of Grand Boulevard and the McDonald Avenue and Utah Place east-west alleyway;

Thence Westwardly along the centerline of said east-west alleyway to its intersection of the centerline of Roger Place;

Thence Southwardly along the centerline of said place to the intersection of the centerline of Phillips Avenue;

Thence Southwardly along the centerline of said avenue to the intersection of the centerline of Gravois Avenue; thence

Eastwardly along the centerline of said avenue to the intersection of the centerline of Grand Boulevard; thence

Northwardly along the boulevard to the point of its beginning.

Board of Directors

The Board of Commissioners shall consist of seven (7) members, and shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Board of Alders

  • Five (5) members shall own real property within the District; and
  • Two (2) members shall be renters within the District;

No employee or elected official of the City shall be a member of the Board of Commissioners.

Terms of Office

Each member of the Board of Commissioners shall serve for a four (4) year term, with terms expiring as of December 31st of the designated year or when their successors are appointed as provided herein, whichever is later.

Applying to the Board

Board vacancies are filled upon the completion (or early termination) of existing Board Member terms, and are initially screened by the Board of Commissioners and approved by the Mayor’s office. Prior to consideration, the Application Disclosure Form and Application Parts B & C must be completed and forwarded to the Board of Commissioners.

Current Board of Directors

Board MemberPositionDesignationTerm EndsEmail Address
Kathryn HeitzenroederChairpersonProperty Owner12/31/21chair@tgscc-stl.org
Katy ShackelfordVice ChairProperty Owner12/31/22vicechair@tgscc-stl.org
Carrie KoellerSecretaryProperty Owner12/31/21secretary@tgscc-stl.org
Deborah CohenTreasurerProperty Owner12/31/24treasurer@tgscc-stl.org
Lauren PyattCommissionerProperty Owner12/31/22tgsccboard3@tgscc-stl.org
Dominique LockettCommissionerProperty Renter12/31/23tgsccboard2@tgscc-stl.org
Ken WarnerCommissionerProperty Renter12/31/24tgsccboard1@tgscc-stl.org

Property Tax Collection


Taxes for the District shall be assessed and collected as follows:

A.  For the purpose of paying for costs and expenses incurred in the establishment and operation of the District, the provision of services and facilities and improvements authorized in Sections Five and Six of this ordinance, and incidental to the leasing, construction, acquisition and maintenance of any improvements authorized herein or for paying principal and interest on bonds or notes authorized for the construction or acquisition of any said improvement, there may be imposed a tax upon all real property within the District which shall not exceed eighty-five cents ($.85) on the one hundred dollars ($100.00) assessed valuation, subject to the provisions of Section Nine.

B. If the proposition submitted to the qualified voters residing in the District receives in its favor the votes of the majority of the qualified voters voting at the election conducted pursuant to Section Nine, the initial rate of levy which shall be imposed upon real property within the District shall be eighty-five cents ($0.85) on the one hundred dollars ($100.00) assessed valuation.

C. Real property subject to partial tax abatement under the provisions of Chapter 353, R.S.Mo., shall, for the purpose of assessment and collection of ad valorem real estate taxes levied under the District, be assessed and ad valorem real estate taxes shall be collected upon the same assessed value on which its ad valorem real estate taxes and payment in lieu of taxes are based in the Ordinance adopted by the City of St. Louis approving the development plan of any such corporation and authorizing tax abatement; provided, however, that the owners at such real property are strongly encouraged to make additional equitable, annual donations to the District in lieu of the additional District taxes

D. The levy shall not be imposed upon real property exempt from ad valorem real estate taxes because of charitable, religious, educational or other public or private uses; provided, however, that the owners of such real property are strongly encouraged to make equitable, annual donations to the District in lieu of District taxes.

E. The tax provided for by this ordinance shall be collected by the Collector of Revenue and held in a special account to be used only for all purposes authorized hereunder, as provided by law.

F. If the District for any reason is dissolved, all delinquent taxes collected after the date of dissolution shall be credited and forwarded to the general fund of the City of St. Louis after all debts of the District, if any, are discharged.

  • CLICK HERE for the 2018 budget of the Tower Grove South Concerned Citizens Special Business District, presented and approved by the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen.
  • CLICK HERE for historical tax rate assessments (2009 – current).

The following is an example formula for the Tower Grove South Concerned Citizens Special Business tax rate.  Property values are based on appraisals from the City of St. Louis Assessors Office.

$100,000 Appraised Value$150,000 Appraised Value$200,000 Appraised Value$250,000 Appraised Value$300,000 Appraised Value 
#1. Residential Assessment Rate 119.0%19.0%19.0%19.0%19.0%
#2. Assessed Value
(Appraised Value x #1)
$19,000$28,500$38,000$47,500$57,000
#3. Assessed Value,
per $100 (#2 / 100)
$190$285$380$475$570
#4. 2017 TGSCC-SBD Tax Rate 2$0.6644$0.6644$0.6644$0.6644$0.6644
#5. Total Tax Due to
TGSCC-SBD (#3 x #4)
$126.24$189.35$252.47$315.59$378.71

(1) Established by the City of St. Louis Assessors Office
(2) Established by TGSCC-SBD