A retirement community that charges a six figure entry fee isn't a charitable institution and must pay property taxes. That's according to the St. Louis County Board of Equalization which Tuesday rejected a request for tax-exempt status by the Aberdeen Heights Senior Living Center in Kirkwood.
Aberdeen officials had asked the board to waive their $1.2 million annual tax bill, a move that would have cost Kirkwood schools around 700-thousand dollars a year.
Aberdeen's attorneys had argued that the luxury complex qualifies as non-profit because it waves living expenses for residents who can no pay.
St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman say that doesn't matter because residents must first pay the steep entry fee in order to get the "free" lifetime care.
Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, Aberdeen's parent company, is expected to appeal the ruling.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Chris Stewart reached career milestones of 100 goals and 100 assists and the St. Louis Blues clinched a playoff berth with two games to spare, beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Brian Elliott had to make just 17 saves two nights after getting yanked in a 5-3 loss at Colorado that squandered the Blues' first chance at clinching. St. Louis, which entered the game needing a point to qualify, scored two power play goals for the first time in 32 games since Feb. 15 in the home-and-home rematch.
Patrik Berglund and Andy McDonald beat Semyon Varlamov on consecutive shots in the second period to make it 3-0. Together, that duo had mustered two assists in 14 games.
And some good news for residents in one St. Louis neighborhood.
The precautionary boil order has been lifted. Water tests show no signs of bacteria in the lines and officials say water is safe to drink.
However, it is not all good news--21 homes along Jamieson Avenue still do not have water. Service is expected to be restored by 8 PM, but those residents should continue to boil their water. Water Division crews have placed placards on the doors of homes where the boil order continues.
The area included in the original boil order was: South of Arsenal, West of Hampton, North of Eichelberger, and East of the River Des Peres.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal indictment accuses 21 people in a multi-state car theft conspiracy.
Most of the suspects are from the St. Louis area. One is from Highland, Kan. Sixteen of the 21 have been arrested.
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that the suspects used a variety of means to steal luxury cars, SUVs and pickup trucks from individuals and dealerships in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. The cars were taken to Missouri and sold or disposed of. More than 100 vehicles were involved.
The indictment also accuses the suspects of falsely obtaining insurance proceeds. Charges include conspiracy, bank fraud, mail fraud and receipt of a stolen motor vehicle.