Notice of Public Hearing on the Proposed City Budget
The City Commission of the City of St. Joseph will hold a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017, in the Commission Chambers, 700 Broad Street, on the City’s proposed 2017-2018 Fiscal Year Budget, including amendments to the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Budget. To view the Notice of Public Hearing on the Proposed City Budget, please click here.
City Infrastructure Open Houses Scheduled
The City of St. Joseph received a Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) Grant in October 2014.Read more ...
Sewer Televising Update April 24, 2017
Cleaning and televising is currently underway on a small amount of sewers south of the River.Read more ...
May 2017 "City Connection" Newsletter
The May 2017 City Connection newsletter has been published.
Request for Proposal (RFP) HVAC/ Mechanical Maintenance Service Agreement
Sealed bids will be received until 3:00 p.m. May 16, 2017 by the City of St. Joseph Clerks Office, 700 Broad St. St. Joseph Michigan 49085. For additional information, please click here.
2017 Summer Recreation Program Information and Registration
It is almost summertime in St. Joseph, which means it is time to sign up for this year's Summer Recreation program.Read more ...
Press Release: 2017 Blossom Parade
To view the latest Press Release regarding the Blossom Parade, please click here.
Request for Proposal (RFP) Public Works Trench Drain Replacement
Sealed bids will be received until 3:00 pm on May 2, 2017 by the City of St. Joseph Clerks Office, 700 Broad St. St. Joseph Michigan 49085. For additional information, please click here.
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The mission of the Finance Department is to provide high-quality budget, financial management, accounting and billing services in a timely and responsive manner.
Address: 700 Broad Street
Phone: (269) 983-4731
Fax: (269) 985-0347
The Finance Department is located on the first floor of City Hall and is open daily, Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 5 PM.
The Finance Department provides financial, property tax and utility billing information to the public, state agencies, grantors, auditors, city commission and the city's management staff. The Department's primary duty is to facilitate the wise use of the City's financial resources.
The City of St. Joseph does not have a separate purchasing department or Purchasing Director. The purchasing operations of the City are decentralized; each Department Head is responsible for the purchasing of goods and services for his/her own department under the provisions of the City Purchasing Policy.
The Finance Department consists of three key areas – Accounting, Treasury, and Utility Billing.
The Finance Department is the city's central fiscal control and accounting agency and is responsible for the original entry of all City assets, liabilities, equities, receipts and expenditures of the City. Under the direction of the Finance Director, the department develops and maintains accounting systems for all financial transactions in conformity with the City Charter, State law and generally accepted accounting principles. We prepare the City's annual budget, with the assistance of the City Manager and management staff. The financial condition of the City is monitored through budget amendments and forecasts. Internal management reports are generated to facilitate daily operations and decision-making. We coordinate with the City's external auditor to produce the City's annual financial statements.
The department's daily finance and accounting activities include accounts payable, accounts receivable, utility billing, risk management, monthly financial reports, investment, debt management and cash-flow management.
Please go to Public Hub to view the current and past years budgets.
Please go to Public Hub to view the current and past years audit reports.
Please click here to view a Fee Schedule for all City Fees, Permits, and Licenses
The Finance Department is responsible for the preparation of the City's tax roll, as well as the invoicing, collection, and settlement of all property taxes levied in the City. We also collect and disburse properties taxes on behalf of Berrien County, Lake Michigan College, the Intermediate School District and St. Joseph and Benton Harbor public schools.
Summer tax bills are due and payable July 1st through September 15th
Winter tax bills are due and payable December 1st through February 14th
A 4% penalty is applied to all late summer bills
A 3% penalty is applied to all winter tax bills
These penalties were established as a part of the City Charter and cannot be waived by City Employees. Please call the Treasurer's office for the correct late payment amount. For more information about property taxes, click here.
Dog licenses are available for sale at the Finance Office between December 1st and March 1st of each year.
The Finance Department is responsible for all water service applications, meter applications, customer billing and payment processing for over 15,000 customers in St. Joseph City, Lincoln Charter Township, Royalton Township, and St. Joseph Charter Township. For more information regarding utility billing, click here.
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- Population - 8,365
- City Employees - 81
- City Budget - $22.8 million
- City S.E.V. - $531,397,117 Avg.
- Residential True Cash Value - $199,000
- Square Miles - 4.4
- City Charter - Approved 1928
- Commercial S.E.V. - 96 million
- Industrial S.E.V. - 35 million
- Residential S.E.V. - 395 million
- Tax Millage - 16.5344