Denae R. Skouby v. Jake Zimmerman, Assessor, St. Louis County

April 9th, 2021











Appeal No. 19-15793

  )      Parcel/Locator 12J630971  
v. )    
Respondent. )    



Denae R. Skouby (Complainant) appealed the St. Louis County Board of Equalization’s (BOE) decision finding that the true value in money (TVM) of the subject property on January 1, 2019, was $91,200. Complainant claimed overvaluation. Complainant failed to appear at the evidentiary hearing and produced no evidence. The BOE’s decision is affirmed.[1]


The evidentiary hearing was scheduled for March 26, 2021, at 10:15 a.m. Respondent timely appeared at the evidentiary hearing through counsel Monique Nketah. Complainant did not appear. Complainant did not seek a continuance or otherwise communicate any intent to proceed with the appeal.

Complainant Did Not Prove Overvaluation

The taxpayer bears the burden of proof and must show by a preponderance of the evidence that the property was overvalued.  Westwood P’ship v. Gogarty, 103 S.W.3d 152, 161 (Mo. App. E.D. 2003).  Complainant did not appear at the evidentiary hearing and produced no evidence to support the overvaluation claim.  Complainant’s failure to appear and present any evidence necessarily means Complainant failed to meet Complainant’s burden of proof.[2]


The BOE’s decision is affirmed.  The TVM of the subject property on January 1, 2019, was $91,200.

Application for Review

A party may file with the STC an application for review of this decision within 30 days of the mailing date set forth in the certificate of service for this decision. The application “shall contain specific detailed grounds upon which it is claimed the decision is erroneous.” Section 138.432. The application must be in writing, and may be mailed to the State Tax Commission of Missouri, P.O. Box 146, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0146, or emailed to A copy of the application must be sent to each person listed below in the certificate of service.

Failure to state specific facts or law upon which the application for review is based will result in summary denial. Section 138.432.

Disputed Taxes

The Collector of St. Louis County, and the collectors of all affected political subdivisions therein, shall continue to hold the disputed taxes pending the possible filing of an application for review, unless the disputed taxes have been disbursed pursuant to a court order under the provisions of section 139.031.

SO ORDERED April 9, 2021.



Laura A. Storck-Elam

Senior Hearing Officer

State Tax Commission


Certificate of Service

I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing has been electronically mailed and/or sent by U.S. mail on April 9, 2021, to: Complainant(s) and/or Counsel for Complainant(s), the County Assessor and/or Counsel for Respondent and County Collector.



Elaina McKee

Legal Coordinator


[1] Complainant timely filed a complaint for review of assessment with the State Tax Commission (STC). The STC has authority to hear and decide Complainant’s appeal.  Mo. Const. art. X, sec. 14; section 138.430.1, RSMo 2000.

[2] For over 150 years, Missouri law has recognized the self-evident proposition that “if there be no evidence sufficient in law to make a prima facie case on this issue, plaintiff cannot be entitled to recover.” Callahan v. Warne, 40 Mo. 131, 135 (Mo. 1867).