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City Hall closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 1/20
Please be advised that City Hall will be closed Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Click here to see information for the March10th Presidential Primary.Read more ...
2020 Sidewalk Replacement Project As Read Bid Results
To view the As-Read Bid Results for the 2020 Sidewalk Replacement Project, please click here.
Kingsley, Morton & Orchard Reconstruction Project Bid Results
The view the Kingsley, Morton & Orchard Reconstruction Project bid results, please click here.
Request for Proposal (RFP) Maids of the Mist Fountain Refurbishment
The City of St. Joseph is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide interested contractors with sufficient information to submit proposals for consideration by the City of St. Joseph in connection with its needs for refurbishment of the Maids of the Mist fountain, located in Lake Bluff park.Read more ...
Request for Proposal (RFP) Howard Family Trail Bridge
The City of St. Joseph is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide interested contractors with sufficient information to submit proposals for consideration by the City of St. Joseph in connection with its needs for bridge repairs on the Howard Family Trail Bridge.Read more ...
Christmas Tree Pick-Up
The City of St. Joseph will pick-up Christmas Trees from city residents from December 26, 2019 through January 24, 2020.Read more ...
Informational Packet regarding draft Sign Ordinance
To view the draft sign ordinance, please click here.
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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