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Job Opening: Utility Billing Specialist
The City of St. Joseph is seeking a Utility Billing Specialist in the Finance Department.Read more ...
City Hall closed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 1-21
Please be advised that City Hall will be closed Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Christmas Tree Pick-Up
Beginning December 26, 2018 continuing through January 25, 2019, The City of St. Joseph will pick-up Christmas Trees from city residents.Read more ...
Job Opening for Public Safety Officer
The City of St. Joseph is accepting resumes for the position of Public Safety Officer.Read more ...
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The mission of the Finance Department is to provide high-quality budget, financial management, accounting and billing services in a timely and responsive manner.
Address: 700 Broad Street
Phone: (269) 983-4731
Fax: (269) 985-0347
The Finance Department is located on the first floor of City Hall and is open daily, Monday through Friday from 8 AM until 5 PM.
The Finance Department provides financial, property tax and utility billing information to the public, state agencies, grantors, auditors, city commission and the city's management staff. The Department's primary duty is to facilitate the wise use of the City's financial resources.
The Finance Department consists of three key areas - Accounting. Treasury, and Utility Billing.
The Finance Department is the city's central fiscal control and accounting agency and is responsible for the original entry of all City assets, liabilities, equities, receipts and expenditures of the City. Under the direction of the Finance Director, the department develops and maintains accounting systems for all financial transactions in conformity with the City Charter, State law and generally accepted accounting principles. We prepare the City's annual budget, with the assistance of the City Manager and management staff. The financial condition of the City is monitored through budget amendments and forecasts. Internal management reports are generated to facilitate daily operations and decision-making. We coordinate with the City's external auditor to produce the City's annual financial statements.
The department's daily finance and accounting activities include accounts payable, accounts receivable, utility billing, risk management, monthly financial reports, investment, debt management and cash-flow management.
The Finance Director serves as the City Treasurer and as such is responsible for the preparation of the City's tax roll, as well as the billing, collection, and settlement of all property taxes levied in the City. We collect and disburse properties taxes on behalf of Berrien County, Lake Michigan College, the Intermediate School District and St. Joseph and Benton Harbor public schools.
Summer tax bills are due and payable July 1st through September 15th
Winter tax bills are due and payable December 1st through February 14th
On September 16 a 4% penalty is applied to unpaid summer bills
On February15 a 3% penalty is applied to unpaid winter tax bills
These penalties were established as a part of the City Charter and cannot be waived. Please call the Treasurer's office for the correct late payment amount. For more information about property taxes, click here.
Tax Bills and Online Payments
The Finance Department is responsible for water service applications, meter applications, customer billing and payment processing for over 15,000 customers in St. Joseph City, Lincoln Charter Township, Royalton Township, and St. Joseph Charter Township. For more information regarding utility billing, click here.
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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