Kim M. Gielow, County Collector
55 S. 3rd Street, Room 6 (Enter building from South Entrance on Market Street)
P.O. Box 448
Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
Phone: (573) 883-5492, option 5
Fax: (573) 883-5312
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The Collector Office is open, including through lunch, unless otherwise noted above. You can call or email with requests and use the drop box in the east door facing Third Street to submit payments. We check the drop box multiple times daily and can fax, email, or mail a receipt. A receipt will be mailed by default.
Drop Box/Slot: There is a secure drop box/slot located in the East door of the Courthouse facing Third Street. We mail receipts for any payments received through the drop box.
The Collector Office is located on the main floor of the Ste. Genevieve County Courthouse, Room 6. Taxes may be paid by cash, personal check, cashier’s check, money order, e-check or debit/credit card. Tax payments are accepted by mail (do not send cash). Please use the return envelope included with your statement.
Pay taxes online via debit/credit card or your checking or savings account (e-check) using the link below. If you need a paid receipt immediately (e.g. for vehicle licensing), DO NOT PAY ONLINE OR VIA THE 1-800 NUMBER BELOW. Please call the Collector Office at 573-883-5492, option 5, for assistance in making payment and obtaining the official Paid Tax Receipt. The online payment receipt is not accepted for vehicle license renewal. NOTE: The Online Bill Pay Site and the 1-800 number will be unavailable on the last day of the month at 10:00pm CST/CDT, and will re-open the day of the next month.
Pay by phone via debit/credit card or checking or savings account (e-check) at 1-833-315-2987.
Payments made online and by phone are subject to a convenience fee (1.79% for debit card, 2.19% for credit card, $0.10 for e-check). The Ste. Genevieve County Collector Office does not charge or receive the convenience fees.
Duplicate paid tax receipts are available from the Collector Office for $1.00 each.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COUNTY COLLECTOR
- the collection of current and delinquent property taxes for the county and various political subdivisions within the county, which have authorized property tax levies;
- the accounting and distribution of collections to tax entities such as schools, library, and road & bridge;
- the collection of merchant, manufacturer, ferry and auctioneer license fees, and levee, utility and railroad taxes;
- conducting the Tax Certificate Sale, for delinquent real estate taxes, held the fourth Monday of every August.
Primary tax records are maintained and held for public use within the Collector's Office.
Real estate and personal property taxes are levied annually and due upon receipt. The Collector’s Office mails tax bills the beginning of November. If a tax bill is not received by December 1st, contact the Collector’s Office at (573) 883-5492, option 5. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the obligation to pay timely (Section 52.240 RSMo). Taxes not paid in full, on or before December 31st, will accrue interest and penalties which can be as high as 27% during the first year of delinquency. For mailed payments, the U.S.P.S. postmark determines the date or month of payment. A privately owned postage meter date does not qualify as a U.S.P.S. postmark date.
If you are new to Missouri property taxes, click the link below for a short video and additional information:
REAL ESTATE TAXES
The tax liability on real estate remains with the property. Taxes are a lien. When ownership changes, the new owner is liable for any unpaid taxes. Tax bills are sent to the mailing address in the tax file as of the date the bill is printed. A property is subject to be sold at public auction for back taxes if the real estate taxes remain unpaid for at least 3 years. The Tax Certificate Sale is held annually on the fourth Monday in August at 10:00 a.m. at the County Courthouse. The document listed below will assist you with any questions you may have. All bidders are required to pre-register prior to the day of the Tax Certificate Sale at the Ste. Genevieve County Collector's Office, starting the week before.
A listing of properties subject to tax sale is published in the local newspaper (Ste. Genevieve Herald) for three consecutive weeks prior to the annual sale.
PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES
Taxes are assessed on personal property owned on January 1st. Taxes are due for the entire year regardless if a property is no longer owned or has been moved from Ste. Genevieve County. State law requires that personal property taxes be paid before license plates on vehicles can be issued or renewed. The License Offices accept a paid tax receipt, which lists individual vehicles, to verify taxes have been paid. Ste. Genevieve County paid personal property records are regularly uploaded to the Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles. This gives license offices in Missouri the ability to verify payment of personal property taxes, and gives you the ability to renew your vehicle license(s) online through the Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles. More information on vehicle licensing is available at dor.mo.gov.
A Certificate of No Assessment of Tangible Personal Tax, or tax waiver, is issued to a county resident in the following circumstances:
- You have never owned personal property
- You are new to Missouri
- You are a former resident returning to Missouri and have no unpaid personal property taxes due in Ste. Genevieve County or any other Missouri county
- You are exempt from personal property taxes (individuals or organizations who are determined tax exempt by the state), e.g. churches and other non-profit or charitable organizations
The tax waiver process begins in the Assessor's Office (573-883-2333, option 4). The tax waivers are forwarded to the Collector's office for verification and signature.
MERCHANT AND MANUFACTURER LICENSES
If you operate a business which sells goods or merchandise or manufactures within Ste. Genevieve County limits, you must obtain a Merchant or Manufacturer License through the Collector’s Office. The fee is $25.00 annually, due no later than December 31st, and is not prorated. The Merchant licenses are billed in advance of the year in which they apply. New Merchants and Manufacturers should also contact the Ste. Genevieve County Assessor’s Office. If your business is within city limits, you should also check with that city for its licensing requirements. Please call or stop by our office if you have any questions.