• City of St. Peters Makes Changes to Utility Franchise Tax Refund Distribution in Wake of COVID-19

    The City of St. Peters is making some changes to the annual Utility Franchise Tax refund distribution as we continue to address the challenges from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, the recommendations from health care professionals and the current Emergency Declarations from local and state officials.
    We are doing this to minimize the number of residents who need to visit City Hall. We want to keep everyone safe and healthy, including our residents, visitors and City staff.
    St. Peters residents who are 62 years and older or those considered totally disabled by Social Security may be eligible to apply for a refund of their 2019 St. Peters utility franchise tax. This is the amount listed on your 2019 electric and gas bills as “St. Peters tax” and on the cable bills as “franchise fees.”
    To be eligible, your maximum 2019 adjusted gross income, excluding any taxable Social Security income, must not exceed $45,550 if single or $52,050 if married.
    If you received a utility franchise refund last year, we are not going to require you to visit City Hall in person to go through the process and receive your utility franchise tax refund. Here’s how we will process your refund this year:

    • A City representative (with a phone number from St. Peters City Hall on your caller ID) will contact you directly, by phone, to verify the information in our files regarding your utility tax refund amount and your current mailing address.
    • After we contact you by phone and confirm your contact information, we will mail you the refund. 
    This process for your refund will begin in the next few weeks. You will begin receiving phone calls in the near future. Please do not call or visit City Hall about your refund — we will call you directly.
    If you haven’t participated in this tax refund program in the past, you will need to set up an appointment to come to St. Peters City Hall to complete your refund application process.
    Call City Hall at 636-477-6600, ext. 1225 to set up your appointment and for more information about the process. Appointments will be available beginning April 1 and will end May 29 during regular business hours. You must have an appointment to come to City Hall to process your application as a new participant.
    If you are new to the program and need to come in to City Hall to process your application, you’ll need to bring the following items with you to complete your application:
    — Proof of 2019 income
    — Proof of age
    — 2019 letter of award from Social Security (if disabled)
    — 2019 electric, gas and cable bills
    Please note — you are only eligible for a refund for the months when you were at least 62 years old or considered totally disabled.
    For more information, call 636-477-6600, ext.1225.

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