An attorney for a Missouri homeowner is hoping a court will stop a property tax increase he says violates a homeowner’s constitutional rights.
John R. O’Brien, a Missouri resident, is hoping to get his property tax refund.
O,B, and C property owners are paying an increase of more than $50 per month, he says.
He says he and his wife are not being forced to pay property taxes because of the new property tax.
He says he has paid the new taxes for years and has paid every one he’s paid in years past.
He told FoxNews.com that he doesn’t expect the increase to stop anytime soon.
O’Brien said he’s not asking the state to raise the property tax but to do what it can to make sure his property is valued fairly.
He said that is something he and many other Missouri homeowners have been asking for.
O,B and C tax is about $15,000 per year, which is a large amount of money, and they don’t understand why they’re paying it,” he said.
O and C residents say the property owners, many of whom are African American, are not represented by an attorney, and that the attorney’s fees are excessive.
In the meantime, O’B has appealed the increase.OBrien is hoping the Missouri Supreme Court will stop the increase and the state will refund his property taxes.OBSERVATIONS: Property tax increases are on the rise across the nation, but few are as aggressive as Missouri’s tax hike.
Read moreHere’s what you need to know about the proposed property tax increases.
B says he expects the new tax increase will affect him.OBIE: Missouri is the state with the highest property tax rate in the country, at more than 30 percent, according to a recent study by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Property tax hikes in Missouri have already sparked protests and lawsuits.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.