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Upon approval, residents may keep up to eight hens. For further information, contact Danny Jendusa, at 314-963-5314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the Charter was adopted, it specified that Councilmembers should be elected "at large".
Webster Groves is a Charter city with a Council-Manager form of government. The Mayor, who is selected in a citywide election, is recognized as the legal and official head of government, representing the City at functions and chairing meetings of the Council. However, the Mayor has no veto power and the Mayor's vote on matters before the Council has the same weight as Councilmembers.
In 1954, the residents of Webster Groves chose to organize as a "Charter City" with a Council-Manager structure. This means that there is a separation between the policymaking and administrative functions of government. The City Council formulates municipal policy and appoints the City Manager to manage the operations of the City. Usually, Councilmembers deal with the various city departments only through the City Manager. S/he is responsible for developing the annual budget, recommending options and solutions to issues identified by the City Council, implementing projects approved by the Council, and planning, developing and monitoring progress to meet current and future fiscal and operational needs of the City.
There are many different ways that cities can be incorporated and municipalities in St. Louis County represent a wide variety of governmental structures. There are 38 cities across Missouri with the Council-Manager form of government. In the St. Louis County area, Maplewood, Richmond Heights, Clayton, Olivette and University City have also adopted this structure, among others.
Per the City Charter, the Mayor receives $25 per council meeting, not exceeding $750.00 per year. Councilmembers receive $20 per council meeting, not exceeding $600.00 per year. Elected officials receive no additional compensation for attendance at boards and commission meetings or at public functions.
Property taxes charged to Webster Groves residents are levied by various taxing entities, including the Webster Groves School District, the City of Webster Groves, St. Louis County, the State of Missouri, the Webster Groves Library, and the Metro Zoo/Museum District. For more information, view Page 6 of the Popular Annual Financial Report.
The levy amount for the City of Webster Groves for the 2016 tax year was $0.758 per $100 of assessed valuation. That amount was 8.26% of the total resident’s tax bill for the year. For example, for a home valued at $245,000 in 2016, approximately $4,271 was paid in taxes. Of that total:
$2,629 was paid to the Webster Groves School District ($5.6485 per $100)
$577.64 was paid to the Special School District ($1.2409 per $100)
$352.85 was paid to the City of Webster Groves ($.758 per $100)
Each of these entities have taxing authority and establish their own tax rates.
Property taxes charged by the City of Webster Groves are specifically for general government operations, street improvements, general obligation debt (for 2011 street improvement bonds), and for the police and fire pension.
The City of Webster Groves portion of your residential property tax bill was taxed at a rate of $0.758 in 2016. (See the answer to 'Where Does the Property Tax Go?').
It is worth noting that in 2016, there were 18 County municipalities with residential tax rates higher than Webster Groves including: Olivette ($1.2750), Maplewood ($1.000), Shrewsbury ($.9699) and Glendale ($.8490).
When making municipal tax rate comparisons it is also necessary to factor in the Fire Protection Districts which serve cities without their own fire department. For example, the City of Creve Coeur levied no property tax, but the residents are served by the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District which levied a property tax rate of $1.1790 per $100 of assessed valuation.
Webster Groves participates in something called the St. Louis County Sales Tax Pool. The formula that calculates the amount of sales tax that comes to the city is complicated. But, the City receives far more sales tax from the pool than is generated locally.
For instance, if our local businesses generate about $2 million dollars in a year that goes into the County Pool, the City receives nearly one and one half (1 ½) that amount back from the Pool.
It is important to note that some of that locally generated sales tax does not go into the St. Louis County Sales Tax Pool. Parks and Stormwater and Fire Protection Funds are small additional sales taxes approved by only Webster Groves residents and that revenue comes directly to the city.
The vitality of our local businesses is an important aspect of making ours a desirable and thriving community. But, being a small part of a large pool means, from a revenue perspective, the overall economic health of the region is what is most important to Webster Groves. And, the most significant negative impact on our sales tax revenue has come from the increase of online purchases that do not collect sales tax.
The largest portion of a homeowner's property tax goes to the Webster Groves School District and the Special School District. Sales tax is not a revenue source for these institutions, so it is unlikely that property taxes would fall with more retail businesses. For detailed information regarding the City's various revenue sources, see the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, 'Major Sources of Revenue' section.
Webster Groves received almost $639,000 last year in traffic ticket revenue. That is approximately 4% of the City’s general fund budget. The City is significantly below the statewide cap of 20%.
The Municipal Court levies a variety of fines for violations of local traffic laws and other City Ordinances. All receipts are deposited in the General Fund. Municipal Court Fines are a product of the penal system. It is not the City's policy to maximize its government finances through the use of the judicial process; therefore Court Fines are not considered a targeted revenue source that the City strives to achieve.
Payments can be made online, in person, or by mailing your payment in to the Court Office. Please review our payment options page for more details.
An Interior Renovation building permit is necessary for remodeling a kitchen or bath. Many of the homes in Webster Groves were built before the adoption of building codes, and in some cases do not meet current minimum safety standards. When a kitchen/bathroom is remodeled, the installation must be upgraded to meet the current minimum standards.
A plumbing permit is necessary for the replacement of a water heater. Newly installed water heaters must also have an expansion tank installed. Some newer models cannot be installed without altering other parts of the system.
An Exterior Building Permit is necessary for building a deck. A deck must be able to support the furniture and people using it. A deck, in most cases, must also have a protective guard rail for fall protection.
In order to verify compliance with the City Zoning Regulation setback requirements, an Accessory Structure Building Permit is required to construct ANY shed. All sheds over 200 square feet require a footing/pier system.
Accessory Structure Permit Application
Yes. Any time a house or condominium changes ownership, or a rental changes occupant, an inspection, Certificate of Compliance, and Occupancy Permit are needed for the new occupant. The only exceptions are for apartments, which are inspected periodically, regardless of changes in occupancy. A new occupant of an apartment does need an Occupancy Permit. For further information, visit our section on
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The City does not provide curbside leaf vacuuming services due to the cost of the equipment, the lack of available space to compost leaves, and the need for additional staff to perform the composting operation. Some municipalities dedicate much or all of their public works staff to leaf collection for months and our staff has many other responsibilities.
If your refuse, yard waste, recycling, bulky trash, or major appliance collection is not picked up, contact Waste Management at 800-964-8988 or visit www.wm.com.
Trash will be collected between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the day of pickup. Trash should be out by 6 a.m. the day of pickup, but not before 4 p.m. the day prior. Empty cans should be removed from the curb by 9 a.m. the day following pickup.
Waste Management holidays are: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. If the holiday falls after your pickup day, follow the regular schedule. If the holiday falls on or before your pickup day, waste pickup will be one day late. If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the pickup schedule does not change.
When a new resident comes to apply for an Occupancy Permit, trash service is set up through Waste Management. For special services, contact Waste Management at 800-964-8988.
Free curb pickup is available for large household appliances including refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers and dryers, water heaters, trash compactors, dishwashers, microwave ovens, ranges, stoves, woodstoves, and air conditioners that do not exceed 3 cubic yards total volume; as well as motor vehicle or trailer tires. Please call Waste Management at 800-964-8988 to schedule a collection.
All household furnishings such as mattresses, sofas, chairs, and other household items that do not exceed three cubic yards will be collected free at the curb without prior scheduling along with the regular refuse collection.
Whole Christmas trees will be picked up during the months of December and January on your regularly scheduled pickup day. All other months, yard waste restrictions apply.