The General Fund is used to cover most day-to-day operational expenses, including personnel, police services, facility maintenance, communications and trash, yard waste and recycling pickup. The General Fund comes from a variety of revenue sources: various taxes (utility, sales, road and bridge, cigarette and gaming), business license fees, building permits; court fines and fees, grants and interest. The City of Maryland Heights is one of just a few municipalities in the region that does not collect property taxes from residents.
When I shop in Maryland Heights, does the sales tax revenue go straight to the city?
No. Retail sales in St. Louis County are subject to state sales tax (4.225%), a transportation sales tax (0.5%), a sales tax for Metrolink (0.75%), a children's mental health tax (0.25%), a public safety communications tax (0.1%), a Municipal Parks Commission tax (0.1%) and a local sales tax (1%) that is distributed among the 91 municipalities and St. Louis County. Some cities, designated point-of-sale or "A" cities, retain most of the sales tax revenues collected within their boundaries. These are cities that had local sales taxes before the countywide levy was enacted. Other cities, including Maryland Heights, are designated pool of "B" cities, sharing revenues with others in a pool on a per capita basis.
The only tax collected in Maryland Heights that goes directly to the city is a 0.5% (half-cent) parks and stormwater tax that is used specifically for parks and stormwater projects in the city. It is collected as a point-of-sale tax and is therefore dependent on retail sales within city limits.
Where does the money from the casino go?
Currently, gaming taxes are allocated to the city's General Fund (54%), capital improvement (42%) and the Parks Fund (4%).
Why is my property tax bill so high?
The City of Maryland Heights does not levy a property tax. Property taxes are collected by other local and regional entities, including the State of Missouri, St. Louis County, Special School District, St. Louis Community College, the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis County Library, MSD and school and fire protection districts.