Rates and Information

A/V Year General Fund Library Fund Total Rate
2005 $     0.5177 $     0.0872 $     0.6049
2006 0.5940 0.0905 0.6845
2007 0.5857 0.0906 0.6630
2008 0.5941 0.0934 0.6875
2009 0.5959 0.0923 0.6882
2010 0.5962 0.0914 0.6876
2011 0.6020 0.0927 0.6947
2012 0.6048 0.0945 0.6993
2013 0.6062 0.1000 0.7062
2014 0.6062 0.1000 0.7062
2015 0.6062 0.1000 0.7062
2016 0.6062 0.1000 0.7062


The button at the bottom shows the tax rate per $100 of assessed valuation for the City of Washington. The City uses a State supplied formula that takes into account the annual Cost of Living increase new construction, and several other factors. As a result, the rate per $100 of assessed valuation tends to trend downward even though individual taxes paid trend upward. The upward trend is a combination of the Cost of Living, the reappraisal of real estate, and new construction.

The assessed valuation is reached by applying a percentage against the appraised value of the property.

For Real Estate Property, the percentage is as follows:

Agricultural 12 Percent

Residential 19 Percent

Commercial 32 Percent

Residential 32 Percent

The rating (or percentage) used is based on the USAGE of the property, not how the property is zoned. Both the USAGE and the APPRAISED value determined by the Franklin County Assessor’s office.

A button at the bottom shows the total assessed valuation of taxable property for the City of Washington over the last years as well as the current year’s valuation.


The valuation of personal property is provided by the Franklin County Assessor’s office.


While all property owners in the City of Washington are charged a Library Tax, not all of the tax collected goes toward the support of the Washington Library.

At a point in the past, a line was drawn (basically around the then existing City Limits) and all property owners outside of that line had their tax go to the Scenic Regional Library District.  As the City grows, more and more of its citizens will be contributing to the Scenic Regional. ALL CITIZENS of the City of Washington receive FREE City of Washington Library privileges regardless of to which Library District they contribute.


At this time, the property tax charges for the City of Washington appears on the Franklin County Tax bill along with other taxing districts being collected by Franklin County. The County issues the tax bill and collects the payments. Tax bills are due by December 31 of each year or else penalties are incurred. The County charges a fee for the billing and collection of the City’s taxes.

A separate personal property tax bill is issued by the County which includes the City of Washington taxes. Payment procedures are the same for the personal property tax bill as for the real property tax bill.

The City levies a 6% gross receipts tax on companies that supply electricity and power, gas, telephone, or cable within the City.

Utility taxes are collected through monthly customer billing and are usually remitted to the City the following month.

If the utility reaches and accumulated total of $30,000.00 for the calendar year, the tax rate is reduced to 5.822% for electricity and 1% for all other utility companies.

The City levies a 5% tourism tax for all sleeping rooms paid by the transient guests of hotels or motels situated in the City of Washington, Missouri.

Each person engaged in the business of operating a hotel or motel in the City collects and remits the tax to the City Collector on or before the thirtieth (30th) day of the month following the end of the calendar quarter.

General Sales Tax
The City of Washington has three sales tax rates. There is a one-cent rate which is collected for use in the General Fund. The one-cent has been in effect since 1970.

Sales Tax for Capital Improvements
There is a one-half cent sales tax that is collected for use for Capital Improvement. The citizens originally authorized this tax in 1989 for five years. It was re-authorized for a second period of eight years starting in 1994, a third period of eight years starting in 2002 and a fourth period starting in 2010.

Sales Tax for Transportation
A one-half cent sales tax was passed by voter in April 2005, effective October 1, 2005 with expiration date of June 30, 2030, for transportation purposes.  This includes, but not limited to, payment of local share of the cost of expanding Hwy 100 from Interstate 44 to High Street from two lanes to four lanes.

In addition to the three sales tax rates equaling 2% by the City of Washington, county and state taxes bring the total sales tax to 8.35%; Washington Phoenix Center II sales tax is 9.1%.

Capital Sales Tax Improvement Projects

Emergency Services

Fire Station Headquarters
Weather Warning System
E-911 Upgrade
Fire Station House 3
Fire Station House 4

Parks & Recreation

Lakeview Park
Burger Park
Misc. Park Improvements
Leisure Pool
Additional Park Land
Optimist Park
River Front Bike Trail


South Point Road
5th St. – Jefferson to High
5th St. – Louis to Grand
5th St. – Grand to Hwy 100 (year 2003)
Front – Tiemann to Stafford
Bieker/Steutermann alignment
Street Renovation Program
Slurry Seal Program
Bernard Street
Steutermann reconstruction
Bieker Road to City Limits
East/West Parkway study
East/West Parkway right of way
Airport expansion

City Facilities

Public Works Building
City Hall Renovation
Data Processing updates
Sewer System upgrades

Economic Development

Schulze Industrial Park
Heidmann Industrial Park

Downtown Washington

Passenger Depot Restoration
Misc. Downtown Improvements

Emergency Services

Fire Training Tower
Fire Ladder Truck
Additional Emergency Sirens
New fire station to the south


Rebuild bridge on Sunnyside Street
Rebuild bridge on Madison Avenue
Provide funds for grants to relieve congestion

Sanitary Sewer System

Eliminate storm water infiltration
Rehabilitate aging manholes
Place liners in aging sewer lines

Parks & Recreation

Aerial truck to service existing facilities
Replacement of swimming pool equipment
Additional park land
Riverfront improvements

Economic Development

Fund property improvements to industrial tracts.

City Facilities

Potential renovation of Elks building.
Provide additional space for Library and Police

Downtown Washington

Improvements to Downtown Parking.
Relocation of railroad siding.
Improvements to streetscape

Vision 20/20

“Seed” money for 20/20 projects
Civic Center study

Stormwater Projects

Correct stormwater problems

Emergency Services
Fire Training Center
Apparatus Replacement
Phase I – East Fire Station/Police Substation
Police Mobile Data Terminals
Court Docket Package
Emergency Notification System (Code Red)
Outdoor Siren
Radio Transmitters w/Voting Module
Library Expansion Project
Finance & Technology
Hardware Improvements
Recycling Center
Improvements to building and parking lot
Sanitary Sewer System
Rehabilitate Walnut Street Lift Station
Infiltration slip lining in aging sewer lines
Rehabilitate aging manholes
Parks & Recreation
Lakeview Parking Lot Improvements
Fairground Fencing
Fairground Loading Dock
Tennis Court Resurfacing/Reconstruction
Restroom/Pavilion – Phoenix Park
Restroom/Pavilion – Lions Lake North Side
Economic Development
Heidmann Industrial Park Lot Development
Union Pacific Team Track
Airport improvements
City Facilities
City Hall Improvements
Downtown Washington
Improvements to Downtown