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Upon approval, residents may keep up to eight hens. For further information, contact Mara Perry, at 314-963-5333 or email@example.com.
When the Charter was adopted, it specified that Councilmembers should be elected "at large".
Webster Groves is a Charter city with a Council-Manager form of government. The Mayor, who is selected in a citywide election, is recognized as the legal and official head of government, representing the City at functions and chairing meetings of the Council. However, the Mayor has no veto power and the Mayor's vote on matters before the Council has the same weight as Councilmembers.
In 1954, the residents of Webster Groves chose to organize as a "Charter City" with a Council-Manager structure. This means that there is a separation between the policymaking and administrative functions of government. The City Council formulates municipal policy and appoints the City Manager to manage the operations of the City. Usually, Councilmembers deal with the various city departments only through the City Manager. S/he is responsible for developing the annual budget, recommending options and solutions to issues identified by the City Council, implementing projects approved by the Council, and planning, developing and monitoring progress to meet current and future fiscal and operational needs of the City.
There are many different ways that cities can be incorporated and municipalities in St. Louis County represent a wide variety of governmental structures. There are 38 cities across Missouri with the Council-Manager form of government. In the St. Louis County area, Maplewood, Richmond Heights, Clayton, Olivette and University City have also adopted this structure, among others.
Per the City Charter, the Mayor receives $25 per council meeting, not exceeding $750.00 per year. Councilmembers receive $20 per council meeting, not exceeding $600.00 per year. Elected officials receive no additional compensation for attendance at boards and commission meetings or at public functions.
Property taxes charged to Webster Groves residents are levied by various taxing entities, including the Webster Groves School District, the City of Webster Groves, St. Louis County, the State of Missouri, the Webster Groves Library, and the Metro Zoo/Museum District. For more information, view Page 6 of the Popular Annual Financial Report.
The levy amount for the City of Webster Groves for the 2016 tax year was $0.758 per $100 of assessed valuation. That amount was 8.26% of the total resident’s tax bill for the year. For example, for a home valued at $245,000 in 2016, approximately $4,271 was paid in taxes. Of that total:
$2,629 was paid to the Webster Groves School District ($5.6485 per $100)
$577.64 was paid to the Special School District ($1.2409 per $100)
$352.85 was paid to the City of Webster Groves ($.758 per $100)
Each of these entities have taxing authority and establish their own tax rates.
Property taxes charged by the City of Webster Groves are specifically for general government operations, street improvements, general obligation debt (for 2011 street improvement bonds), and for the police and fire pension.
The City of Webster Groves portion of your residential property tax bill was taxed at a rate of $0.758 in 2016. (See the answer to 'Where Does the Property Tax Go?').
It is worth noting that in 2016, there were 18 County municipalities with residential tax rates higher than Webster Groves including: Olivette ($1.2750), Maplewood ($1.000), Shrewsbury ($.9699) and Glendale ($.8490).
When making municipal tax rate comparisons it is also necessary to factor in the Fire Protection Districts which serve cities without their own fire department. For example, the City of Creve Coeur levied no property tax, but the residents are served by the Creve Coeur Fire Protection District which levied a property tax rate of $1.1790 per $100 of assessed valuation.
Webster Groves participates in something called the St. Louis County Sales Tax Pool. The formula that calculates the amount of sales tax that comes to the city is complicated. But, the City receives far more sales tax from the pool than is generated locally.
For instance, if our local businesses generate about $2 million dollars in a year that goes into the County Pool, the City receives nearly one and one half (1 ½) that amount back from the Pool.
It is important to note that some of that locally generated sales tax does not go into the St. Louis County Sales Tax Pool. Parks and Stormwater and Fire Protection Funds are small additional sales taxes approved by only Webster Groves residents and that revenue comes directly to the city.
The vitality of our local businesses is an important aspect of making ours a desirable and thriving community. But, being a small part of a large pool means, from a revenue perspective, the overall economic health of the region is what is most important to Webster Groves. And, the most significant negative impact on our sales tax revenue has come from the increase of online purchases that do not collect sales tax.
The largest portion of a homeowner's property tax goes to the Webster Groves School District and the Special School District. Sales tax is not a revenue source for these institutions, so it is unlikely that property taxes would fall with more retail businesses. For detailed information regarding the City's various revenue sources, see the Fiscal Year 2018 budget, 'Major Sources of Revenue' section.
Webster Groves received almost $639,000 last year in traffic ticket revenue. That is approximately 4% of the City’s general fund budget. The City is significantly below the statewide cap of 20%.
The Municipal Court levies a variety of fines for violations of local traffic laws and other City Ordinances. All receipts are deposited in the General Fund. Municipal Court Fines are a product of the penal system. It is not the City's policy to maximize its government finances through the use of the judicial process; therefore Court Fines are not considered a targeted revenue source that the City strives to achieve.
Outdoor fire pits with a screened spark arrester, outdoor fireplaces and barbecue pits are considered recreational fires and do not require a permit. Seasoned dry firewood is the only allowable fuel to be used in outdoor fireplaces and outdoor fire pits.
After more than 12 months of negotiations, Council declared an impasse on contract negotiations with the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 2665, the union representing the Fire Department. This occurred in a public meeting on March 7, 2023. Because of reaching an impasse with the IAFF, the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement was terminated.
City Council and City Leadership determined that Local 2665 has engaged in surface bargaining and negotiated in bad faith. Both parties have submitted offers that were rejected, but repeatedly the City has experienced the union taking steps backward to re-open items and issues that had already been agreed upon.
Impasse is a legal term, which indicates that contract negotiations have stalled and are no longer productive. This does not mean that the City will not continue to meet and confer with the Local 2665 on conditions of employment and in furtherance of the constitutional protections afforded to public sector employees.
The Webster Groves City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday, March 7 to implement the compensation portion of the last, best and final offer, made by the City. As a result, Fire Department members received pay adjustments and cost of living increases as outlined below. If the IAFF desires to restart negotiations in good faith, the City will negotiate with the Fire Department on staffing and all other conditions of employment. The City has maintained from the start of negotiations, and continues to assert, any agreement must include mechanisms to contain the rampant overtime spending.
Staffing changes were needed due to the uncontrolled overtime costs. Even with the changes to Webster Groves staffing, we are one of two municipalities in the entire St. Louis region that schedules staff at 12 per shift. The daily staffing of 12 per shift has not changed from the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement minimum staffing requirements. The factor that has changed is that now when 2 staff are absent, the Fire Department will operate with 10 on shift.
Previously, the City did not have flexibility in staffing, resulting in paying overtime to “staff up” to 12 per shift. The new implementation retains NFPA best practices and in the event that 2 staff are absent, the City has the authority to keep the staffing level at 10 to address overtime spending.
The Fire Department Fiscal Year overtime has been:
The continued rampant overtime expenditures are unsustainable for the City. The City values the Fire Department but must also be fiscally responsive to the needs of all Departments.
The City of Webster Groves continues to staff each shift according to the best practice standard set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for ladder trucks. The City of Webster Groves has committed to always scheduling 4 Firefighters on a ladder truck. The only time there will be fewer than 4 Firefighters on an engine (not the ladder), is if 2 staff are absent during a shift. If only 10 staff members are available due to sick/vacation leave, workers comp, FMLA, or Military leave, staffing will be reduced to 10 persons on shift. There will never be less than 10 persons on shift in the fire service in Webster Groves; overtime will be paid to staff members on-call or willing to report to maintain service.
These staffing adjustments will put us in line with our municipal neighbors. The chart in the next question outlines how we compare to other Fire Departments in the Mid-County Area.
As the below table indicates, Webster Groves is staffed to safely meet the community's needs. The safety of the Firefighters and the preservation of life and property is the City’s highest priority and will continue to be maintained.
*Daily minimum staffing is current as of 3/10/2023.
The Webster Groves Fire Department maintains a Class 2 ISO rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). This is the second highest possible rating for fire protection services. Four areas are evaluated to determine this rating: Emergency communications, water supply, fire risk assessment and community risk reduction. The limited and occasional staffing adjustments will not affect the ISO rating.
The last, best and final offer that the City implemented on March 7th includes the following:
All told, the compensation for Fire Fighters over three Fiscal Years (FY 23, FY 24, FY 25) is over 11 million dollars.
In 2021, the City of Webster Groves hired an outside consultant to conduct a compensation and classification study. While the study did find that some positions within the City were underpaid, the Fire Department positions were found to be in line with others in the area, especially municipalities. You can view the current compensation of our Captains and Firefighter paramedics on our website here.
There is not a hiring freeze within the City of Webster Groves. We continue to recruit and hire excellent employees in both the Police and Fire Departments.
City Hall is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. The Customer Support Desk and the Municipal Court office is closed for lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.Parking tickets and Housing Inspection payments may be dropped off after hours in the drop box located in the front door.
According to the 2020 census, the population of the City is 24,010.
Yes, a permit is required for a block party. The permit fee is $25 and then there is a $5/barricade fee with a four barricade minimum ($20) bringing the total fee to $45.
To fill out the permit application, please fill out this form and bring it into City Hall during normal operating hours. The Customer Support desk will process the application and payment.
We have many restaurants in Webster Groves. Most are listed in the current
The St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds issues marriage licenses.
The St. Louis County Office of Vital Records can issue certified copies of birth and death certificates for the entire state of Missouri.
To fill out the permit application, please fill out this form and bring it into City Hall during normal operating hours. The Customer Support desk will process the application and payment.
The City of Webster Groves Ordinance #9141 recently legalized the use of Golf Carts and Low Speed Vehicles upon public streets.
Golf Cart: A motor vehicle that is designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes and that is not capable of exceeding speeds of twenty miles per hour.
Low Speed Vehicle (LSV): a four-wheeled vehicle whose gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is three thousand pounds or less and has a maximum speed of twenty to twenty-five miles per hour.
Low speed vehicles, golf carts, or similar devices may be operated upon roads posted or regulated at twenty-five miles per hour or less. Golf Cart/LSV may cross roads posted or regulated at thirty miles per hour or more. The operation of Golf Cart/LSV’s on sidewalks is prohibited.
The operator of the golf cart or low speed vehicle must have a valid driver’s license and the vehicle must be licensed, if required by Missouri State Law.
Yes. Golf Cart and LSV permits will be issued to any applicant demonstrating they have the required equipment and proof of insurance. There is NO fee attached.
Inspections must be scheduled and can be conducted at the home of a Webster Groves Resident or at the Police HQ. Any non-resident inspection must be conducted at the Police HQ.
You will receive a permit sticker and the sticker must be displayed in a visible and conspicuous location.
The following are reviewed during the inspection and are required for issuance of a permit:
Inspections can be scheduled by contacting the Webster Groves Traffic Unit at (314) 963-5413 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, by contacting Captain Greg Perks at (314) 963-5417 or email at email@example.com.
Inspections can be scheduled by contacting the Webster Groves Traffic Unit at (314) 963-5413 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, by contacting Captain Greg Perks at (314) 963-5417 or email at email@example.com
Applications are available online or at City Hall, 4 E. Lockwood Ave. You may submit your application via email, fax, or by sending your application to: Human Resources City of Webster Groves 4 E Lockwood Ave. Webster Groves, MO 63119 Email: HR@webstergroves.org Fax: (314) 963-3398 Applications will only be accepted for open positions, and resumes will not be accepted without a completed application.
Current employment opportunities are posted through the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis American, as well as
Payments can be made online, in person, or by mailing your payment in to the Court Office. Please review our payment options page for more details.
Parking tickets left on your window may be paid in person at the Customer Service counter in City Hall during regular business hours, or online through Remit-Online (click here to pay online). If you were pulled over and/or issued a citation with a court date, DO NOT PAY your case through Remit-Online.
Webster Groves received $196,971.64 in Municipal Court fines in Fiscal Year 2021 and is estimated to receive $277,700 in Fiscal year 2022. Municipal Court Fines represent 1.6% of the City’s general fund revenue budget. Webster Groves revenue from municipal court fines is significantly below the 20% cap imposed by the State of Missouri.
Registration may be made in person, by mail, or by phone.
Pavilion and picnic sites are available for rental at six City parks. Residents may reserve these facilities by contacting 314-963-5694.
Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) handles all of the problems associated with the creeks in our area. To report an issue, visit their website at this link.
An Interior Renovation building permit is necessary for remodeling a kitchen or bath. Many of the homes in Webster Groves were built before the adoption of building codes, and in some cases do not meet current minimum safety standards. When a kitchen/bathroom is remodeled, the installation must be upgraded to meet the current minimum standards.
A plumbing permit is necessary for the replacement of a water heater. Newly installed water heaters must also have an expansion tank installed. Some newer models cannot be installed without altering other parts of the system.
An Exterior Building Permit is necessary for building a deck. A deck must be able to support the furniture and people using it. A deck, in most cases, must also have a protective guard rail for fall protection.
In order to verify compliance with the City Zoning Regulation setback requirements, an Accessory Structure Building Permit is required to construct ANY shed. All sheds over 200 square feet require a footing/pier system.
Yes. Any time a house or condominium changes ownership, or a rental changes occupant, an inspection, Certificate of Compliance, and Occupancy Permit are needed for the new occupant. The only exceptions are for apartments, which are inspected periodically, regardless of changes in occupancy. A new occupant of an apartment does need an Occupancy Permit.
Gather as much information as possible relating to the identity theft.
View the Information Pamphlet/Investigative Checklist
Contact Lieutenant Greg Perks at 314-963-5417 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Captain Stephen Spear at 314-963-5418, or email@example.com
The Criminal Investigations Unit encourages business owners to request identification writers, and verify it, it is important to include this information on the check itself. Request for 10 Day Letter
The City of Webster Groves uses the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney for victims’ services. That office is able to help if you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime. You can see their full range of assistance by visiting this link.
The department has additional resources listed on our website.
The City does not provide curbside leaf vacuuming services due to the cost of the equipment, the lack of available space to compost leaves, and the need for additional staff to perform the composting operation. Some municipalities dedicate much or all of their public works staff to leaf collection for months and our staff has many other responsibilities.
There is no set schedule for street sweeping. The Public Works Department will clean each street roughly every 6-8 weeks. The City is divided into 5 sections, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, and Central. Public Works rotates around and works in each section until it is complete. They concentrate on the business districts early in the mornings before the shops open and traffic gets heavy.
If your refuse, yard waste, recycling, bulky trash, or major appliance collection is not picked up, contact Waste Management directly at 800-964-8988 or visit their website at www.wm.com.
The City of Webster Groves participates in single-stream recycling. Details can be found in on the Waste Management website.
In partnership with Ripple Glass and the St. Louis – Jefferson Solid Waste Management District, Webster Groves is offering an alternative for residents to recycle their glass with ease. Please recycle glass items at the large purple Ripple Glass bin located outside of the Public Works building at 145 E. Waymire Ave.
Items accepted in the bins include:
Trash will be collected between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on the day of pickup. Trash should be out by 6 a.m. the day of pickup, but not before 4 p.m. the day prior. Empty cans should be removed from the curb by 9 a.m. the day following pickup.
Waste Management holidays are: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. If the holiday falls after your pickup day, follow the regular schedule. If the holiday falls on or before your pickup day, waste pickup will be one day late. If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the pickup schedule does not change.
When a new resident comes to apply for an Occupancy Permit, trash service is set up through Waste Management. For special services, contact Waste Management at 800-964-8988.
Large household appliances consisting of refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers and dryers, water heaters, trash compactors, dish washers, microwave ovens, ranges, stoves, wood stoves and air conditioners that can be easily and safely handled by two workers and do not exceed three cubic yards total volume.
This collection must be scheduled in advance by contacting Waste Management at 800-964-8988 and are subject to an additional fee.
Waste Management is no longer accepting tires as they are no longer allowed to be dumped into landfills. If you have a tire you'd like to dispose of, you can bring them to an area tire shop to have them recycled for a small fee. Dobb's Tire charges $4 per tire.
As of December 2021, all large items must be scheduled for pick-up through Waste Management. To schedule, contact Waste Management at 800-964-8988 or visit www.wm.com.
Whole Christmas trees will be picked up during the months of December and January on your regularly scheduled pickup day. All other months, yard waste restrictions apply.