Updated Mar 23, 2018

Landfill Pass -

St. Joseph Township homeowners may pick up your spring cleanup landfill pass at the hall after April 16th for the following dates:   April 27 & 28 or May 11 & 12    

Treasury Protects Taxpayers from Tax-Related Identity Theft

In an effort to protect Michigan taxpayers, the Michigan Department of Treasury continues to implement security measures to stop tax-related identity theft. As a result, some individual income tax returns may be selected for identity confirmation.

If an individual income tax return has been selected for identity confirmation, the taxpayer will receive a letter from state Treasury Department asking them to confirm their identity by completing a short online quiz or submitting paperwork. A phone option is available as an alternative to the online quiz.

After a taxpayer confirms his or her identity, their tax refund will be issued in about a month.

“Our priority is to protect Michigan taxpayers from cybercriminals,” said Deputy State Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administration Group. “As we make progress in the fight against tax-related identify theft, cybercriminals are getting more sophisticated when impersonating taxpayers and filing fraudulent returns. This additional layer of security helps ensure the appropriate taxpayers receive their much-deserved refunds.”

Taxpayers who have been recent victims of identity theft are asked to report their circumstances to the state Treasury Department. Reporting identity theft helps thwart cybercriminals who attempt to file returns and steal state tax refunds. 

In 2017, increased security measures protected more than 4,000 taxpayers who confirmed their identity was stolen and used to request state of Michigan refunds. This prevented more than $16 million from being distributed to scammers.

To learn more about identity theft, go to www.michigan.gov/identitytheft. For more information about state income taxes, go to www.michigan.gov/incometax.

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State Income Tax Information Hotline: 517-636-4486

Napier Avenue Pedestrian & Bicycle Study -

For information on the Napier Avenue Pedestrian & Bicycle Study check out the website at www.napieravenue.org.  This site is new and will continue to develop so be sure to check back for updates in the next couple of weeks.  This is a great opportunity for you to share your point of view and also learn more about the study.  Upcoming public meetings: 

Monday, March 26th 4:00-7:00pm  at the Overflow Community Church, 300 E Napier Ave.

Monday, May 21st    4:00-7:00pm at the Napier Parkview Baptist Church, 245 W. Napier Ave.

Public Hearing

Monday, March 5th at 6:00 pm St. Joseph Charter Township will hold a public hearing and be accepting public comment on a DNR Land and Water Conservation Fund grant for a playground structure and surface at Maiden Lane Park.   Please click here for more information.

Parks & Recreation Plan Update

The Township is accepting comments on the draft.  Please click here to see the draft Parks and Recreation Plan.   The SJCT Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on the proposed plan for 2019-2023 on Monday, February 5th at 6:00pm at the Township Hall. Click here for meeting details.


Report street light outages directly to Indiana Michigan Power at 1-800-311-4634 or online via their website at https://www.indianamichiganpow....  You will be asked for the nearest cross street or street address and the pole number.  The number is located on a metal tag about eye level on the street light pole.  If you don’t have internet access, you may report street light outages to the police department at 429-6890.

Check out our new Facebook Page!    (St. Joseph Charter Township with a picture of the hall).  Click https://www.facebook.com/St-Jo...to go directly.   If you "like" and "follow" you can be up on the latest posts for the township.   You can also get information at St. Joseph Township Police Department, https://www.facebook.com/SJTwp..., or St. Joseph Township Fire Department's Facebook,https://www.facebook.com/sjctf..., or https://www.facebook.com/Sjctf....

Special Uses for R-2 Property Zoning Amendment:  At the October 2, 2017, St. Joseph Charter Township Board of Trustees meeting held at 3000 Washington Avenue, St. Joseph, MI at 6:00 pm, the Township Board approved an amendment to Special Uses for property in the R-2 (Residential 2) District.  Click here to view the proposed amendment.

 Sec. 46-252.  R-2 One-family residence district.

(c)  Special uses.  The following uses may be allowed by special use permit in accordance with the provisions of article II, division 5 of this chapter:

(7)  Communication towers exclusively for use by Public Service Uses (Section 5) and Schools (Section 6) above, not to exceed 70’ in height.  Communication towers for Public Service Uses and Schools must be used solely to aid necessary communications (internet service and cellular telephone service) for Public Service Uses and Schools.  Communication towers allowed under this section shall NOT be used as co-location sites, or for any purpose other than to facilitate necessary communication for Public Service Uses and Schools.  Communication towers under this section may not be leased out to any third party.  Special use requests under this section shall be considered under the standards of Section IX, Telecommunication Towers, to the extent applicable.

Sewer Cleaning/Inspection -

St. Joseph Charter Township has received a Grant from the State of Michigan to inspect sections of the sanitary sewer system.   We have contracted with Corby Entergy Services (CES) to perform the work associated with this project.   You should be notified by a door hanger information card when they will be working in your area.  Please click here for more information.

Special Uses for R-2 Property Zoning Amendment:  At the September 5, 2017, St. Joseph Charter Township Board of Trustees meeting held at 3000 Washington Avenue, St. Joseph, MI at 6:00 pm, ordinance language was introduced to amend Special Uses for property in the R-2 (Residential 2) District.  Click here to view the proposed amendment.   

Master Plan  -  St. Joseph Charter Township passed a big milestone July 10th when the Board of Trustees formally adopted the 2017 Master Plan.  Many township residents as well as officials and staff contributed to preparation of the Master Plan with the guidance of Wightman and Associates.  Michigan law requires that all municipalities that have zoning authority have a master land use plan and use it as the basis for zoning decisions.  The plan should be reviewed every five years to make sure that it meets current needs.  The master plan contains an implementation guide.  Areas to be addressed include community/place, transportation/connectivity, natural areas/recreation, and economic development. Click here to view.

Yard Waste - Will be picked up starting the week of April 1st.

A new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Law went into effect on July 1, 2015. Please feel free to review the updated documents below, and if you have any questions, contact the Township Clerk at (269) 429-7703.

                                         FOIA Request Detailed Cost Itemization

                                         FOIA Procedures and Guidelines

                                         FOIA Public Inspection of Records Policy

                                         FOIA Public Summary of Procedures and Guidelines

                                         FOIA Request for Public Records

Property tax information is available online at https://www.is.bsasoftware.com. Our information is listed under “Berrien County Municipalities”. Tax inquiries for property owners are free for any property that they own. All other inquiries are charged $2.00 each. You may look at the history of the taxes for your property for the last twenty years, see current information, and print off duplicate bill information.  Just follow the directions to set up your account.  If you have any questions, please contact the Treasurer’s Office at (269) 932-0269.

Updated Mar 23, 2018

Special Meetings

Township Meetings

Township Board of Trustees 1st Monday of the Month 12 pm - Workshop 6 pm - Regular Meeting

Planning Commission 6:30 pm - 2nd Tuesday Monthly

Zoning Board of Appeals 7 pm - 2nd Wednesday (As Requested)

Meetings are held at the Township Hall and are open to the Public.

2018 Dates the Office will be Closed

Monday, January 1st - New Year's Day

Friday, March 30th - Spring Holiday

Friday, May 25th & Monday, May 28th - Memorial Day Weekend

Wednesday, July 4th - Fourth of July

Friday, August 31st & Monday, September 3th - Labor Day Weekend

Thursday, November 22rd & Friday, November 23th - Thanksgiving

Monday, December 24th & Tuesday, December 25th - Christmas

Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - New Year's Day