Monday, May 28th - City Hall Will be Closed
Please be advised City Hall will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. We will re-open at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2018.
2018 SCIP Water Treatment Plant Phase I Project - Advertisement to Bid
Sealed Bids for construction of 2018 SCIP Water Treatment Plant Phase I Project will be received at the office of the City Clerk until 2:00 p.m. June 26, 2018.Read more ...
RFP Sanitary Sewer Chemical Root Control
The City of St. Joseph Department of Public Works is accepting proposals from qualified contractors for the purpose of treating various sanitary sewer lines with a chemical root control agent.Read more ...
2018 Summer Recreation Program
It's almost Summer Time in St. Joseph. The City of St. Joseph's Summer Recreation Program is now accepting registration for your child(ren).Read more ...
May "City Connection" Newsletter
The May 2018 City Connection newsletter has been published.
Request for Proposal (RFP) Public Safety Apparatus Refurbishment (E-104)
Sealed bids will be received until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by the City of St. Joseph Clerks Office, 700 Broad Street. St. Joseph, Michigan 49085. For additional information, please click here.
2018 Summer Tennis Camp
City Residents have been given an additional week to clear their property of brush.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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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