Sales Tax Collections
By state law, sales taxes are collected at the point of sale by the seller (business) and remitted to the State Department of Revenue, The state distributes those revenues to St. Louis County for distribution to the City, or directly to the City.
Sales Taxes That Impact Webster Groves
Numerous different government entities and/or functions have sales taxes collected on purchases in Webster Groves. The sales tax rate chart highlights all of the taxes collected on purchases.
There are certain sales taxes that are collected and deposited into the City as revenue.
- 1 cent Pooled Sales Tax (see below for pool sales tax info)
- ¼ cent local option sales tax
- ½ cent public safety sales tax (County Prop P)
- ¼ cent fire protection sales tax
- ½ cent capital improvement sales tax
- ½ cent parks and stormwater sales tax
- ½ cent local use tax (sales tax on out-of-state online purchases)
Sales Taxes As City Revenues
Sales Tax revenues are the City's largest revenue stream. In Fiscal Year 2023, sales tax revenues totaled $9,856,311.74. This was 33.49% of all City revenues and 34.65% of General Fund revenue.
City Sales Tax Presentations & Meetings
Information and presentations from relevant meetings to the issue of sales taxes will be posted here.
- Revenue Review - Council Work Session - Sept 6, 2023
GFOA Revenue-Related Materials
These resources are from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
Sales Tax Rate
The total sales tax rate in Webster Groves, effective since April 1, 2019, is 9.238% as detailed in the chart.
|SALES TAX RATES (as of April 1, 2019)|
|State of Missouri||General Fund||3.0000%|
|Park and Soil||0.1250%|
|St. Louis County||General Fund (Shared)||1.000%|
|Regional Parks Trails||0.1000%|
|Prop P (Public Safety)||0.5000%|
|Webster Groves||General Fund (Shared)||0.2500%|
|Parks & Stormwater||0.5000%|
|Capital Improvement (Shared)||0.5000%|
|Arch Initiative (rounded)||0.1880%|
|TOTAL SALES TAX||9.238%|
Note: A small area of the City contains a Transportation Development District and an additional .625% sales tax applies to that area only.
Webster Groves and the St. Louis County Sales Tax Pool
About the County Sales Tax Pool
St. Louis County collects a 1 cent sales tax that is shared via a pool arrangement with the municipalities of the County. The pool contains cities which retain the sales tax they collect at point-of-sale (POS) and cities that share the entire tax that they collect into the pool. 17 cities retain the vast majority of their sales tax collection as Type A Cities. 15 more cities are Type A/B cities and have areas of territory where sales tax is retained by the city and other areas of territory where collections are added to the pool. 58 cities, designated Type B cities, and the unincorporated areas of St. Louis County deposit all sales tax revenues collected into the pool. Webster Groves is a Type B city.
Once the pool revenue is collected, it is distributed to the Type B Cities and County by a per capita population calculation.
County Tax Pool Benefits Webster Groves
During the course of Fiscal Year 2022 (July 2021 to June 2022), local sales tax collections in Webster Groves - meaning sales tax collections on sales within the City limits - amounted to $2,641,158. These funds were deposited in the County sales tax pool.
The pool returned to the City a net sales tax revenue of $3,592,655, a gain of $951,947 over the natural sales tax collection in the City. Since its inception, the county pool has greatly benefitted the City of Webster Groves.
City Designations for the St. Louis County Sales Tax Pool
|TYPE A CITIES (17)||TYPE B CITIES (58)|
|Berkeley||Bella Villa||Moline Acres|
|Cool Valley||Bel-Nor||Norwood Court|
|Ladue||Black Jack||Pasadena Hills|
|Maplewood||Breckenridge Hills||Pasadena Park|
|Marlborough||Calverton Park||Pine Lawn|
|Richmond Heights||Chesterfield||St. John|
|Rock Hill||Clarkson Valley||Sycamore Hills|
|Shrewsbury||Country Club Hills||University City|
|Twin Oaks||Country Life Acres||Uplands Park|
|Warson Woods||Crystal Lake Park||Velda City|
|Woodson Terrace||Dellwood||Velda Village Hills|
Type A/B Cities (15)
|Flordell Hills||Vinita Terrace|
|Crestwood||Glen Echo Park||Wellston|
|Des Peres||Grantwood Village||Wilbur Park|
Unincorporated Portions of St. Louis County
|Kirkwood||Click here for a print version of this list|
|Sunset Hills ||Lakeshire|
|Town & Country||Mackenzie|
|Valley Park||Maryland Heights|