Servius STL LLC v. Michael Dauphin, Assessor, St. Louis City

December 31st, 2020


Complainant, ) Appeal No. 19-20165
v. ) Parcel No. 5506-00-0230-0
Respondent. )


Servius STL LLC (Complainant) appealed the St. Louis City Board of Equalization’s (BOE) decision finding that the true value in money (TVM) of the subject property on January 1, 2019, was $58,700.00. Complainant claimed overvaluation. Complainant failed to appear at the evidentiary hearing and produced no evidence. The BOE’s decision is affirmed.1

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.


The evidentiary hearing was scheduled for August 13, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. Respondent timely appeared at the evidentiary hearing through counsel Chelsea Mannery. 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 tomeetComplainant’sburdenofproof.2


The BOE’s decision is affirmed. The TVM of the subject property on January 1, 2019, was$58,700.00.

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.

Disputed Taxes

The Collector of St. Louis City, 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.

2For 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).


SO ORDERED December 31, 2020.

Senior Hearing Officer

Laura A. Storck-Elam

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 December 31, 2020, to: Complainant(s) and/or Counsel for Complainant(s), the County Assessor and/or Counsel for Respondent and County Collector.

Elaina McKee

Legal Coordinator