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Spay/Neuter Fees:Dogs - Spay/neuter fee is based on sliding scale, depending on the animal's weight.Cats - Spay $40 / Neuter $30
Registration tags are $5.
The redemption fees for cats consist of a $10.00 impoundment fee, and a $8.00 per day board fee. If the animal isn’t currently spayed or neutered at the time of impoundment, there is an additional spay/neuter fee assessed.
If the complainant knows who the owner of the cat(s) is, the owner may receive a summons for allowing their cat to cause a nuisance.
If a nuisance exists due to the owner’s failure to remove the waste, or because of a large number of animals in a small enclosure, the complainant may sign a complaint against the animal owner. The owner may then be summons to appear in Municipal Court.
The current city ad valorem tax rate is: $1.1398 per $100.00 of assessed valuation.
General Fund (inc Public Safety Tax): 67.00 centsParks & Recreation Fund: 20.00 centsHealth Fund: 21.95 centsMuseum Fund: 5.00 centsTotal: $1.1395
Buchanan County has set the assessed value of a residential property at 19% of its fair market value. The City’s tax levy is taken times this assessed valuation. So, for example: An individual who owns a home with an actual value of $100,000 would pay the following to the City: $100,000 x 19% = $ 19,000 assessed valuation. $19,000 divided by $100 = $ 190.00 x $1.1398 = $216.56 (City Real Estate Property Tax)
8.7%. There are also some additional jurisdictions within the City of St. Joseph assessing sales taxes. For a breakdown, please see
- Individual Funds’ CIP projects (these projects include certain smaller Street projects, some Park improvements, Sewer improvements, basically any capital project paid for out of a specific fund’s dollars).- CIP Sales Tax Projects (projects paid for out of the one-half cent capital improvements sales tax).
Large Sewer CIP projects are financed by revenue bonds approved by a vote of the citizens as well as through bonds approved through development boards. The annual bond payments are included in the overall rates charged to customers.
Several years ago, improvements to the Parking Garages, Health Department, Parks Department facility, and Landfill facility were financed using PBA (Public Building Authority) issued bonds. Annual payments are authorized from the existing revenue streams of the funds in which the improvement occurred.
By State statute, the City is permitted, by vote of 2/3rds majority, to incur General Obligation (GO) debt in the amount not to exceed 20% of the assessed value of the City.
In order to be sure that monies received are spent as legally required the City sets up different Funds (like separate bank accounts) to keep track of where the money comes from and how it is spent. This is verified every year during an audit by independent, outside auditors.
The building permit process helps us understand what our local laws and ordinances require. Before any construction or remodeling work begins, application for a permit should be made to Building Development Services. Building permits provide the means for code officials to inspect construction to ensure that minimum standards are met and appropriate materials are used.
• site plan• foundation plan• approved storm water management plan• grading plan• 5 acres or more requires a Land Disturbance Permit to be filed with the DNR• parking plan• approved driveway access plans• underground utilities
1. Occupational License- obtained through the Customer Assistance Department, 1100 Frederick Ave., Room 106, 816-271-4751.2. A copy of your Workmans Compensation Insurance. In addition to the Workmans Compensation Insurance all Master Electrician and Plumbers must carry a $2,000.00 bond. It will be necessary that they provide a copy of that bond and liability insurance to the Building Development Services Department at City Hall 1100 Frederick Ave Room 106, St. Joseph, MO 64501.
All subcontractors must have a current Occupational License with the City of St. Joseph.
Every other Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at the City Hall, 1100 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph, Missouri. The meetings are shown live on cable channel 19 and streamed live here.
During a heavy rain the pipes may get too full and start to overflow into the Missouri River. When this happens, it's called a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO). This provides a "safety valve" that prevents back-ups of untreated wastewater into homes and businesses, flooding in city streets, or bursting underground pipes.
The Combined Sewer System was built as St. Joseph grew during the early 1970's, as an economical way to handle wastewater and stormwater. One advantage of this system is that most of the time, when rainfall is low to moderate, both the stormwater and wastewater go to the treatment plant.
The CSO locations were left in place when the present sewer system was updated to act as safety valves when the pipes get too full to handle the high volume of water during heavy rains. The advantage of a combined sewer system is that both stormwater and wastewater are treated most of the time. The disadvantage is that during heavy rains, untreated stormwater and wastewater may be discharged at CSO locations. In fact, there are far fewer overflows now than in the past due to construction projects to control the overflows.
One way to eliminate CSOs would be to add a separate system of pipes to drain stormwater directly to the rivers. Again, this would be very expensive and would also release untreated stormwater in all storms, which would add chemicals from surface runoff to the water bodies.
Open burning guidelines:
In the fall/winter we hire scorekeepers, referees, adult league referees and gym supervisors. All must be at least 16 years of age (except for scorekeepers who must be at least 15) and bring in a copy of their birth certificate if they are under 19.
The process works differently for Parks & Recreation seasonal employees as well as Police Officer and Firefighters. If you applied for a seasonal position, those applications are screened by the Parks Department.
If you applied for a Police Officer or Firefighter position, there is a physical agility test, written test as well as background checks and other criteria, which must be met prior to further consideration being given.
Police and Fire applicants are initially ranked according to written scores. The department will schedule oral interviews. The number of interviews is dependent on the number requested by the hiring department. Therefore, all applicants may not necessarily be interviewed. Other steps in the process are conducted at various times such as background checks. Once a candidate has successfully completed all steps in the process they are put on an eligibility list for up to one year. At any time during the year, the department has the option of hiring anyone from the list in any order.
There is a Liability Claim Form available in the Risk Management Office, Room 307, City Hall. The form must be filled out and submitted along with two estimates of any damages being claimed. The information is then submitted to the Risk Manager or Claims Technician in the Legal Department, who then processes it through the city’s insurance carrier for review and determination. The city makes no promise/guarantee of payment of any claim. For further information, please contact the Risk Manager at 816-271-4671 or the Claims Technician at 816-271-4739.
*NOTE: The Buchanan County Prosecutor has a separate office and prosecutes more serious offenses charged under State law, which include violent crimes, felonies, most drug-related offenses, serious assaults, and repeat DWI offenses. The Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney's Office also prosecutes traffic and speeding tickets and other violations outside City limits. All bad check charges are handled by the County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.
The Judge cannot discuss a pending case. You must see the Judge during regular court session at 8am or 10:00am, on a first come, first serve basis.
Court is in session at 8:00 am (for arraignments) and 10:00 am (for trials) Monday through Friday. Cases are heard in the order that individuals check in. Code violations and Animal Control cases are heard at 1:00 pm on Wednesdays. The Clerk’s window opens at 7:30 am each day for defendant check-in. You must pass through the courtroom and turn left to find the Clerk’s window. Drop-ins after 8:00 am will have to reschedule. Those arriving earlier are inserted with the day's docket. Visitors paying in person may pay during regular court office hours 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If it is a life-threatening emergency, you should call 911. If not, call 816-271-4777. Not all reports require an officer respond and can be made by phone with our Teleserve Division during regular business hours by calling 816-271-4777. Many reports can also be made online at your convenience.
You can obtain police reports at the Law Enforcement Center, 501 Faraon Street in St. Joseph, Missouri. Police Records is open Monday through Friday, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. You may call them at (816) 271-4705.
The police Traffic Unit investigates hit and run accidents. If you have a question in regards to your case please call (816) 271-4882. This process may take 5 to 7 business days, so please be patient.
To be a police officer, applicants must be at least 21 years of age with no felony convictions. In addition, they should not have any significant traffic convictions that would limit their ability to be insured by the City of St. Joseph. For more information on Missouri Police Officer requirements, visit the Missouri POST website.
To check for Police Officer openings, visit the City of St. Joseph Careers web page.
The owners of properties where weeds and rank growths of vegetation violations occur more than once during the same or successive growing seasons will receive one legal notice letter at the beginning of the growing season. Further violations regarding weeds and rank growths of vegetation during that growing season will be abated without notification. Weeds and tall grasses are in violation when they reach the height 7 inches.
When the city expends any funds in the abatement of any nuisance, the director of finance, or his or her designee, shall notify, by certified mail, the person against whose property the costs were incurred of said costs. The director of Planning and Community Development shall certify the costs incurred in abating the nuisance and administratively processing the nuisance to the director of finance, together with the description of the property. The cost of administratively processing the abatement to the director of finance shall be $75.00 per regular abatement action, $200.00 for large special bids and $600.00 for railroad bids. The person notified shall have 30 days from the mailing of said notice within which to pay the costs of the abatement to the director of finance. If the person so notified fails to pay the costs of the abatement within 30 days, the director of finance shall immediately, upon the receipt of this information, enter an assessment in the appropriate books of the city to be kept for that purpose; and upon the entry of this assessment a lien will attach to the property.
Any person who has been found guilty of violating this section shall be required to pay a minimum fine of $25.00 for the first offense. Any person who has been found guilty of violating this section a second time during the same 12 month period shall pay a minimum fine of $50.00. Any person who is found guilty of violating this section a third time during the same 12 month period shall be fined a minimum of $150.00. Any person who is found guilty of violating this section four or more times during the same 12 month period shall be fined a minimum of $300.00 for the fourth offense and each subsequent offense. If a person is charged and found guilty of more than one offense on the same day, then all such offenses on that day, for purposes of this section, shall be counted as one violation.
It is the vendor’s responsibility to notify the Purchasing Division of any changes in its ownership, officers and/or address at the time the change occurs.
Failure to accept the contract and/or furnish the commodities or services offered will cause the amount of the bid security to revert to the City.
If a performance bond is required in the Invitation for Bid, the successful bidder’s security will be held until a performance bond in the amount stated in the Invitation for Bid is received by the Purchasing Division.
Sewer customers in Sewer Districts outside the City limits are billed a different rate than City residents.
Country Club Village residential accounts are billed and collected by the City of St. Joseph. Rates are determined by Country Club Village Board of Aldermen.
Commercial and industrial charges are based upon actual usage monthly.
Sewer surcharge customers are billed monthly separately based on actual usage, along with surcharges for Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Suspended Solids (SS) and Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG). Wholesale customers are billed at the wholesale rates.
Missouri American Water provides weekly file downloads into the City billing software. The goal of the City’s Utility Billing Division is to get bills out within five (5) business days of each download.
Any closure will require proper signing and barricading. Traffic Control Plans will be drawn up for the closure. Because of the increasing requests for seasonal work, 24-hour to 48-hour advanced notice should be given to allow for inspecting the area and drawing up the plans.