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Contact Information:
  • PO Box 220
  • Centreville MI, 49032

  • 125 W. Main St.
  • Centreville MI, 49032
  • Historic Courthouse - Second Floor
  • Phone: (269) 467-5525
  • Fax: (269) 467-5592
Additional Information


We will be closed on Friday, March 30, 2018. Taxpayers wishing to pay their taxes on Friday, March 30th, may pay their taxes using our convenient online credit card service: Our office will be open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 2nd. Taxpayers owing the 2015 taxes, and prior years, must be paid in full before 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2018. Only certified funds will be accepted for the 2015 and prior tax years.

County Treasurer

Judith L. RateringJudith L. Ratering
St. Joseph County

The County Treasurer is custodian of all monies with responsibility for investing funds and maintaining an adequate cash flow and settles with township and city treasurers for taxes collected for the county and state.

The Treasurer also collects delinquent real property taxes, maintains debt service accounts for bonded indebtedness of the county and is responsible for the certification of warranty deeds and for sale of dog licenses.

In addition to these duties, the Treasurer handles the sale of properties that have gone into forfeiture/foreclosure and is a member of the Plat Board and Elections Commission.

Important Information for Property Owners

Public Act 123 of 1999 shortens the amount of time property owners have to pay their delinquent taxes before losing their property. Property owners with taxes that are two years delinquent will be foreclosed and the property will be sold at public auction. Please see the Property Tax FAQ for more information.

Don't Wait - Pay Delinquent Property Taxes Now!


Under the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, you may qualify to have the interest rate lowered on your delinquent property taxes. View the application for details.

Check your tax bill for Principal Residence Exemption (P.R.E.). You may qualify for this if you live at the property and it is owned by you.

You may also qualify for the Homestead Credit. This is on the State Income Tax form. See you tax preparer for details.

A Poverty Exemption may reduce the amount of city or township property taxes you have to pay on your principal residence for a single tax year. Poverty Exemptions are granted through the Board of Review at your city and/or township. View the Poverty Exemption Information page or contact your local unit of government Assessor for more information. Local unit of government Assessor contact information can be found in the Local Government Directory.

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday (open during lunch)

Department Contacts

Judith L. Ratering, County Treasurer
(269) 467-5525
Kathy Humphreys , Chief Deputy
(269) 467-5528
Mary Ives , Deputy Treasurer
(269) 467-5525
Lori Miller, Deputy Treasurer
(269) 467-5526
Tammy Rigby , Deputy Treasurer
(269) 467-5581
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