ST. LOUIS – A new coalition is trying to raise at least $ 300,000 to help homeowners pay overdue property taxes to avoid losing their homes in legally required sales over the next year.
The St. Louis Real Estate Tax Assistance Fund hopes to be able to offer qualifying households up to $ 3,500 in grants to help cover some of their tax arrears. Recipients should provide the rest.
“The more people we can keep people safe in their homes, the stronger our community will be,” coalition member revenue collector Gregory FX Daly said at a press conference Monday at the hotel in Montreal. city.
The organization hopes to save at least 50 owner-occupied homes that could otherwise be auctioned off in a tax sale next year. Daly noted that his office is required by law to sue in an attempt to collect overdue property taxes.
Dan Glazier, executive director of legal services for eastern Missouri – another member of the coalition – said, âWithout the means to pay overdue taxes, legal optionsâ¦ are often limited.
The new organization will start accepting applications in March on its website, www.retaf.org. The program will be limited to households whose income does not exceed 100% of the median income in the Saint-Louis region.