Tax Assessor

The Tax Assessor Department in the Township of Fairfield is staffed by a State Certified Tax Assessor and a part-time clerk. The department is headed by Christopher Murray, CTA. 

Forms

Tax Maps

General Information

The ratio to true value for 2023 is 78.44% and the tax rate for 2023 is 2.053% per $100 of valuation.
As of January 1st, 2022, the total ratable base is over $3.1 billion consisting of about 3,482 parcels.

Tax Appeals & Added Assessments

All appeals must be filed with the Essex County Board of Taxation by April 1st of each year, except those properties with an assessed value in excess of $1,000,000 which may be filed directly to the Tax Court in Trenton. Petitions of appeal with instructions may be obtained at the county office located at 50 South Clinton Street, Suite 5200, East Orange, New Jersey 07019, or by calling 973-395-8525 after receipt of your postcard notification in February.

Added Assessment & Omitted Added Assessments

It is only logical that an improvement to your home will result in an increased selling price of your home and therefore, your property tax assessment will increase. This will take the form of an added assessment tax bill which you will receive in the mail at the end of October after the improvement is substantially completed for its intended use. This bill shall be payable on November 1st, February 1st, and May 1st, and then the added assessment amount will be included in your annual tax bill received in June for the new tax year. Therefore, just as you planned ahead for this improvement, you should also plan ahead and set aside funds for the added assessment tax bill.

If you did not receive an Added Assessment Tax bill for work completed in the previous year, you will receive an "Omitted Added" Assessment bill in addition to an "Added Assessment" bill the year following the improvement.

Please note, that not scheduling a final inspection for your building permit does not delay the added assessment tax bill.

Other information can be obtained by contacting

  • Essex County Board of Taxation
  • 50 S Clinton Street, Suite 5200
  • East Orange, New Jersey 07019
  • 973-395-8525
  • Tax Hotline: 609-292-6400
  • Automated Tax Information: 800-323-4400

Available Tax Exemptions & Deductions

Senior Citizen. Disabled Persons, Surviving Spouse

The State Constitution authorizes an annual property tax deduction from the property taxes levied on a dwelling house owned and occupied by any of three types of persons. The deduction is $250 off your property taxes.

Eligibility - Senior Citizen

In order to qualify for a property tax deduction, a senior citizen must apply for the deduction and must meet all of the following requirements

  • Citizenship in New Jersey as of October 1 of the pretax year.
  • Age of 65 or more by December 31 of the pretax year.
  • Ownership of the property as of October 1 of the pretax year.
  • Residence in New Jersey and in the property as of October 1 of the pretax year.
  • Income not in excess of $10,000, combined husband and wife, exclusive of social security.

Eligibility - Disabled Person

In order to qualify for a property tax deduction, a disabled person must meet all of the following requirements.

  • Citizenship in New Jersey as of October 1 of the pretax year.
  • Ownership of the property as of October 1 of the pretax year.
  • Residence in New Jersey and in the property as of October 1 of the pretax year.
  • Income not in excess of $10,000, combined husband and wife, exclusive of social security.
  • Disablement must be total and permanent resulting in an inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity as of December 31 of the pretax year

Eligibility - Surviving Spouse

In order to qualify for a SeDiSu property tax deduction, a surviving spouse of either a qualified senior citizen or disabled person must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Citizenship in New Jersey as of October 1 of the pretax year.
  • Ownership of the property as of October 1 of the pretax year.
  • Residence in New Jersey and in the property for which the deceased senior citizen spouse or disabled person spouse had received a SeDiSu property tax deduction.
  • Income not in excess of $10,000, exclusive of social security.
  • Age of the applicant must be not less than 55 on December 31 of the prates year and was not less than 55 at the time of death of the deceased spouse.
  • Is not remarried.
  • Is, in fact, the surviving spouse of a person who was receiving the property tax deduction as either a senior citizen or disabled person on the same property for which the claim is being made

Veterans & Widows of Veterans

By provision of the State Constitution, a tax deduction is granted from the taxes levied on the real property owned by: qualified war veterans; their surviving spouses; and the surviving spouses of service persons who have served in time of war and who died on active duty. The tax deduction granted to veterans and their surviving spouses is in addition to all other tax deductions or exemptions, for which the person may be eligible. At the discretion of the claimant, the tax deduction may be apportioned among properties located in different taxing districts. The deduction has been increased from $50 to $250.

In order to qualify for a tax deduction, a veteran must apply for the deduction and must meet all of the following requirements as of October 1 of the pretax year.

  • Citizenship of New Jersey.
  • Legal residence in New Jersey
  • Active service in the Armed Forces of the United States
  • Active service in times of war
  • Honorable discharge
  • Ownership of property

Disabled Veterans & Surviving Spouses of Disabled Veterans & Servicemen

Certain war veterans who have suffered certain enumerated service-connected disabilities of a character described in the law or who have been declared to be totally or 100% permanently disabled are granted full tax exemption on their dwelling house and the lot on which it is located, as of the date the property is acquired by such a veteran, or as of the date the veteran property owner is declared to be totally or 1% permanently disabled by the United State Veterans Administration.

The surviving spouse of any such citizen and resident of this State who at the time of death was entitled to the exemption provided under the law, shall be entitled, on proper claim made therefore, to the same exemption as the deceased husband or wife was so entitled during widowhood or widowerhood and while a resident of this State, for the time that claimant is the legal owner thereof and actually occupies the said dwelling house on the premises to be exempted or any other swelling claimant thereafter acquires and uses as the principal place of residence.

The widow or widower of a disabled veteran or deceased serviceperson who at the time of death was eligible for entitlement to the property tax exemption, or who would have become eligible had he or she lived to the date of a subsequent broadening of the scope of the property tax exemption (January 10, 1972), is eligible to receive the property tax exemption that the deceases would have been eligible to receive if living.

Note: The aforementioned requirements are subject to change without notification by the State of New Jersey.