Residents, visitors, and businesses pay various types of taxes to a variety of taxing entities to support public services. In Cape Girardeau, sales tax is a critical source of revenue for the city government to provide infrastructure, safety and quality of life services.

Sales Taxes 

The sales tax rate is 8.475% in the city of Cape Girardeau, of which, the City of Cape Girardeau municipal government collects a 2.75% sales tax.

 Cape Girardeau City Sales Tax
General Sales Tax  1.000%
Transportation Trust Fund  0.500%
Capital Improvements (Wastewater Treatment Facility, Sewer)  0.250%
Capital Improvement (Water System, City Hall, Airport, Streets)  0.250%
Fire Safety Sales Tax (Public Safety Trust Fund)  0.250%
Parks and Stormwater Sales Tax  0.500%
City Subtotal 2.750% 
County Sales Tax  1.500% 
State Sales Tax  4.225% 
 Total  8.475%

City taxes apply to online purchases called a "Use Tax". 

Special Tax Districts

Property owners typically initiate these districts through a petition. Eligible voters within the affected district vote to establish the district. Those within the district oversee the use of funds through their boards. 

  • Community Improvement Districts (CID)
    A CID is either a separate political subdivision with the power to impose a sales tax, a special assessment or a real property tax, or a nonprofit corporation with the power to impose special assessments.
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
    Applies some taxes, or consumer-paid taxes, to pay for re/development in a “TIF" district.
  • Transportation Development District (TDD)
    A Transportation Development District (TDD) may be created to fund, promote, plan, design, construct, improve, maintain, and operate one or more transportation-related projects or to assist in such activity.

Map of independent districtsTaxing Map
VIEW MAP of all Taxing Districts (must open "Layers" then enable "Districts" and "Special Taxing Districts" layers while zoomed in). Read more about these economic development and incentive tools at

811 Broadway TIF    (MAP)

Bloomfield Crossing CID  (MAP)

Cape Dogwood CID  (MAP)

Dogwood CID (MAP)
1% Sales Tax

Downtown CID (MAP)
0.5% Sales Tax

(Downtown) Special Business
District (MAP)
Property Tax

Downtown TIF District (MAP)

Esquire Theater TIF (MAP)

Midamerica Crossing TDD (MAP)
Sales Tax 1%

North Middle Broadway TIF (MAP)

Silver Springs CID (MAP)
Sales Tax 1%

South K TDD (MAP)

Special Business District #2  SBD  (MAP)

Town Plaza CID (MAP)
1% Sales Tax


Local Taxing Agency Examples
State of Missouri
County of Cape Girardeau
City of Cape Girardeau
Cape Library
Jackson Library
Cape, Jackson, Nell Holcomb Schools

Gross Receipts Taxes
Hotel/motel and restaurant taxes

Use Tax ("Internet Tax")
The same City sales taxes are applied to online purchases as in-person. Voters approved this plan to support the General Fund.

How is this revenue spent?
Find City budget information at

Real Estate & Property Taxes

Property Tax ProportionThe City receives a portion of property taxes paid by city residents to Cape Girardeau County. Of these taxes paid, most of it supports local schools. The Cape Girardeau County Assessor's Office is required by the State of Missouri to discover, identify, classify and assess all real and personal property within Cape Girardeau County. Visit for more information.