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Special City Commission Meeting, Monday, 6/17 @ 6:30 PM
To view the agenda items before the St. Joseph City Commission at their meeting Monday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m., please click on http://stjosephcitymi.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx .
Advertisement for Bids - 2019 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project
Sealed bids will be received until 3:00 pm local time July 10, 2019 by the City of St. Joseph, at the City Clerk’s Office, 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085 at which time and place said bids will be opened and publicly read aloud.Read more ...
Notice of Public Meeting: City of St. Joseph City Commission
Please click on Notice of Public Meeting to find out more detail about the upcoming St. Joseph City Commission meeting being held Monday, June 17, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, 700 Broad Street St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.
Berrien/Cass Clean Water Survey
Do you know what contributed the most to the pollution of lakes, rivers, and streams? We are curious about what you know and we have a 5-7 minute survey we would like you to take if you live or have a home in Berrien or Cass County.Read more ...
As Read results for the 2020 Kingsley, Orchard, Morton Recostrction Project Professional Services
To view the results for the 2020 Kingsley, Orchard & Morton Reconstruction Project Professionl Services Proposals, please click on it.
TwinCATS Draft 2020-2023 Transportation Plan Available for Comment
The Twin Cities Area Transportation Study (TwinCATS) Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for FY 2020-2023 has been released for comment.Read more ...
New Park and Recreation Online Registration Available
Please click on https://stjosephmi.myrec.com/info/default.aspx for online reservation requests for rentals or online programming registration.
April 2019 Newsletter
April 2019 Newsletter Volume 25, Issue 2 has been published.
To read all the latest news, click here.
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 2013, the rate of inflation was 2.4%
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)
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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