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Agenda for City Commission meeting, 6:00pm Monday, September 26, 2022
To view the agenda items before the St. Joseph City Commission at its meeting of Monday, September 26, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. go to the following link:
Request for Proposal (RFP) Howard Family Trail Bridge Repair 2022
Proposals will be received until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday October 18, 2022 by the City of St. Joseph, at the City Clerk’s Office; 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085. Proposals will be opened on October 18, 2022 at 3:15pm in the City Commission Chambers.Read more ...
Request for Proposal (RFP) Window Replacement Woodbine Lodge #3
Sealed bids are due a the St. Joseph City Clerk's Office no later than 3:00 pm, October 11, 2022.Read more ...
Invitation for Bids (IFB) Plumbing Replacement and Renovation Project - Rebid
The St. Joseph Housing Commission (SJHC) invites sealed bids from contractors for the Lake View Terrace Highrise Emergency Plumbing Replacement and Renovation project.
Bids will be received until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2022, by SJHC Offices: at 601 Port Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.Read more ...
Request for Proposal (RFP) Kiwanis Park Restroom Renovation
Proposals will be received until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday October 11, 2022 by the City of St. Joseph, at the City Clerk’s Office; 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.Read more ...
Dog Day at the Fountain, October 1st
More information available at: https://stjosephmi.myrec.com/info/news/details.aspx?NewsID=4537
Job Opening: Water Filtration Plant Maintenance Foreman
The City of St. Joseph currently seeking a Water Filtration Plant Maintenance Foreman.Read more ...
Job Opening: Ice Arena Operations Assistant
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The Assessing Department is responsible for establishing assessments on all taxable property in the City for the equitable distribution of the property tax burden in accordance with Michigan's General Property Tax Act. The Assessing Department's responsibilities include creating the annual assessment roll, maintaining property cards, ownership records, property descriptions and parcel maps, processing Personal Property Statements, and inspecting existing property and new construction.
Address: 700 Broad Street
Phone: (269) 983-1231
Fax: (269) 985-0347
On March 15, 1994, Michigan voters approved the constitutional amendment known as Proposal A which was designed to limit the growth in property taxes by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) until ownership in the property was transferred. Prior to Proposal A, property taxes were based on the SEV or assessed value of your property. Generally speaking, under the protection of Proposal A, increases in property taxes are limited to the rate of inflation or 5% whichever is less. Exceptions include transfers of ownership, new construction and changes in millage rates. For 2022, the rate of inflation is 3.3%
Transfer of Ownership
Under Proposal A, a Property Transfer Affidavit must be filed with the local assessor when there is a transfer of real property even if a deed is not recorded. This form is usually provided by the Title Company in your real estate closing, but many times a transfer of property does not use a Title Company. It is the responsibility of the new owner to file this form with the Assessor within 45 days of the transfer.
Principal Residence Exemption
If you own and occupy your home as your principal residence you may be exempt from a portion of the local school operating taxes.
- Principal Residence Exemption Affidavit L-2368 (pdf)
- Principal Residence Exemption Guidelines (link)
If your home is no longer your principal residence, you must file a form to rescind your principal residence exemption. Example: You have converted your home to rental property or a vacation home.
- Request to Rescind Principal Residence Exemption (pdf)
- Conditional Rescission of Principal Residence Exemption (pdf)
- Conditional Rescission Guidelines (link)
Board of Review
A taxpayer has the right to appeal their property assessment in March each year. Your assessment change notice that is mailed in late February provides you with dates and times of the Board of Review meetings.
The principal residence of persons who, in the judgment of the Assessor and the Board of Review, by reason of poverty, are unable to contribute towards the public charges is eligible for exemption in whole or in part from taxation under this act. (MCL 211.7u)
- State Tax Commission (link)
- Berrien County (link)
- Instructions to access Assessing information from the BS&A Website (link)
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Parks & Recreation
Office Hours at City Hall
Monday – Friday:
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- 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