St. Clair Fire Protection District patrons will pay slightly more money in taxes in 2013 after board members established the annual tax levy last week.

This year, the tax levy is .4972, which means residents within the district will pay 49.72 cents for every $100 of assessed valuation.

The 2012 levy was .4712 or 47.12 cents. The difference equates to 2.6 cents.

The 2011 tax levy was .4797.

However, the new tax levy again includes a rate rollback, board Treasurer Dave Berkel told The Missourian.

He said because of an increase in sales tax revenue, the fire board was able to put the rollback into place.

Without it, taxpayers could have paid 60.67 cents per every $100 of assessed valuation. The savings is almost 11 cents.

“I would like to thank the St. Clair community for patronizing the businesses in St. Clair as this is what it takes to be able to roll back the property taxes,” Berkel said. “Since the inception of the sales tax, we have rolled back the property rate every year. Though it hasn’t been huge, it has helped the residents of the St. Clair Fire Protection District.

“We urge everyone to shop St. Clair as it not only helps our businesses to stay strong but it helps the St. Clair Fire and Ambulance districts to be able to keep tax rates down.”

The half-cent sales tax initiative was approved by voters in 2008.

Information from the fire district states there has been an increase in sales tax revenue to $455,714.75.

As far as total assessed valuation in the district, the latest figures showed $212,590,922 within the district this year compared to $223,924,505 in 2012.

The district’s total assessed valuation is reported by the state tax commission and is shown on the assessments lists of Franklin County. It includes both real estate and personal property.

A history of the district’s actual tax levy shows it was .4797 in 2012, .4799 in 2010, .4799 in 2009, .5563 in 2008 and .5495 in 2007.

The sales tax is collected from everyone who passes through the district who purchases something.

The annual tax levy was approved during a public hearing at St. Clair Firehouse 1 on Aug. 27. By law, taxing districts must approve their annual rate by Sept. 1.

Berkel said no one from the general public attended the hearing.