Agenda for City Commission meeting, Monday, February 27
Please find the Agenda for the St. Joseph City Commission meeting being held this evening, Monday February 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, 2nd floor, here at City Hall.
Advertisement for Bids: Park Street Bridge Traffic Improvements Project
Advertisement for Sealed Bids: Bids will be received until 3:00 p.m., March 22, 2017 for work that includes furnishing and installing a wireless vehicle detection system, controls, perimeter-lit sign and beacon, pedestals, and appurtenances.Read more ...
Request for Proposal (RFP) 2017 - 2018 Street Tree Planting
The City of St. Joseph Department of Public Works is soliciting proposals form qualified firms to provide spring and fall planting of selected street trees on public road right of way (or on City property) as specified by the City of St. Joseph Public Works Department. For additional information, please click here.
Job Opening for Public Safety Officer
The City of St. Joseph is accepting resumes for the position of Public Safety Officer.Read more ...
Request for Proposal (RFP)Steel Service doors at the Public Works facility
The City of St. Joseph is accepting proposals from interested area contractors for new Steel Service doors at the Public Works facility located at 1160 Broad Street, Saint Joseph, MI. For additional information, please click here.
Request for Proposal (RFP) Climate Control for Lakeview Cemetery Mausoleum
The City of St. Joseph is accepting proposals from interested area contractors with its needs for a Climate control system at the Lakeview Cemetery Mausoleum located at 1918 Lakeview Ave. For additional information, please click here.
Neighborhood Meetings Hosted by Public Safety Department
The Public Safety Department will be holding two neighborhood meetings: Tuesday, February 21st at 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, March 1st at 6:00 pm in the City Commission Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 700 Broad Street.Read more ...
RFP - Coastal Engineering Study Update
Sealed bids for a Coastal Engineering Study Update will be received until 9:00 am local time Wednesday, March 1, 2017, by the City of St. Joseph, “OWNER”, at the City Clerk’s Office; 700 Broad Street, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085 at which time said bids will be opened and publicly read aloud in the City Commission Chambers.Read more ...
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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 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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- 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