Cape Girardeau County Assessor
Robert "Bob" Adams
The Cape Girardeau County Assessor's Office is required by the State of Missouri to discover, identify, classify and assess all real and personal property within Cape Girardeau County.
The Assessor is charged with placing a fair market value, in money, of property as of the tax date. The property tax in Missouri is "ad valorem", meaning taxes are based on the property value. The Assessor has no jurisdiction or responsibility for establishing your tax rates or determining the budgets of the taxing jurisdictions within the county.
The County Assessor is required by Missouri State Statute 137.115 to reassess all existing real property as of January 1 of every odd-numbered year (i.e. 2011, 2013, 2015, etc.) The assessed value is applied to the tax rates established by the various taxing jurisdictions (public school districts, library districts, fire districts, etc.) to determine the amount of tax to be levied against a property. Any new improvements are added to the rolls upon completion, and are not subject to the odd-numbered year rule. New construction permits filed with the cities of Cape Girardeau and Jackson are reviewed monthly, and field appraisers collect data and review the progress of projects until completion. These improvements are then added to the rolls after final value is set by the Assessor's Office.
During the assessment and reassessment process, the Assessor or their designees are given authority by Missouri State Statute 137.130 to enter into any lands and make any examination and search which may be necessary to assess such real property. Although they have authority to be on the land, the Assessor or designee shall not enter the interior of any structure without permission. Throughout the process, the staff of the Assessor's Office makes every effort to treat our customers fairly and to provide information in a clear and accessible manner. The Assessor appreciates your cooperation in the assessment process, and welcomes your comments or questions.
Cape Girardeau County Assessor
1 Barton Square, Suite 201
Jackson MO 63755
2016 Titled Vehicle Value Update
2016 personal property tax bills have been mailed. You may notice a change in titled vehicle values. County Assessors are now required by the Missouri State Tax Commission to use the NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) Guide as the source for determining the assessed value of motor vehicles and titled items. These values are determined from the vehicle's VIN (vehicle identification number). We now have software that supports this requirement, and are in compliance with Missouri State Tax Commission directives. Some vehicles/titled items have increased and some have decreased. There are minimum assessed values for certain items that are greater than 20 years old. These assessed value minimums range from $50 to $1,000, depending on the item. Examples include
Commercial Trucks: $850
Most older vehicles: $100
Some high value classic automobiles have a minimum of $1,000. These include, but are not limited to, Jaguar, Corvette, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Rolls Royce, Viper, Thunderbird, etc.
If you have questions about your bill, please feel free to call our office at 573-243-2468
NEW! Personal Property Online Account System
Below is a link to preview the Cape Girardeau County Assessor's new Personal Property Online Account System. With your personal property account number, you can log in and see the items currently listed on our assessment roll for your account. (Click the Personal Property Search button on the left menu to begin the search.) Later this fall, the system will be updated with estimated taxes. In January, you will receive an account PIN with your 2017 Assessment Notice and you will be able to file your 2017 personal property list online!
PERSONAL PROPERTY ONLINE ACCOUNT SYSTEM
City of Cape Girardeau Online Interactive Maps
The City of Cape Girardeau has released links to interative maps with layers showing parcel and boundary lines, addresses, streets, parks & trails, police and fire stations, schools and voting districts, trash and recycling, zoning and overlay districts, special tax districts and flood zones. There is a separate map showing Transportation Trust Fund 5 (TTF5) street repair information. You must accept the terms and conditions of usage prior to using the maps. Access the maps at the links below:
CAPE GIRARDEAU PUBLIC WEB MAP
TTF5 STREET REPAIR MAP
Cape Girardeau County Online Parcel Maps (NEW link information)
Did you know you can access parcel mapping and information for Cape Girardeau County properties online? (This site works best with Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers.) If you have problems with this site, feel free to call the Mapping & Appraisal Division at 573-243-3123. To access the site, click HERE or paste the following address in your browser: https://dreamaps.com/index.html?site=capegpublic The user name and password below are required to access the site:
User Name: FreePublic
If you are having difficulty accessing the site, try deleting your cache and/or browsing history, then go to the link or address above.
Property Tax Credit Information
Certain individuals, depending on age and/or disability and income, may qualify for a Missouri Property Tax Credit. If you do, a completed Missouri Form 948 signed by the Assessor will be needed to file with your income tax return. (The Assessor cannot give tax advice, please consult your accountant or other tax professional.) To learn more about the Missouri Property Tax Credit and see if you may qualify, go HERE. If you qualify, the Assessor will complete and sign Form 948 for you. The Assessor will not certify information that is not accurate and does not match our records.
New Plat Books & Smart Maps Now Available
Updated county plat books are now available in our office for only $30! These books contain detailed rural landowner information (parcels, names & acres) road maps, special district maps, and much more! For those who are technically oriented, digital SmartMaps can be purchased HERE.
Information for Veterans
The Assessor's Office appreciates the service and sacrifice of all of our veterans. Although some tax benefits are afforded our veterans by the State of Missouri, these benefits have very specific requirements that are subject to confusion. For the benefit of our veterans, a link to the recently revised Missouri Department of Revenue Military Reference Guide can be located HERE.