|The primary function of the Assessor’s Office is to ensure the equitable distribution of the tax burden throughout the City of Garfield. This is accomplished by listing and assessing all taxable and non-taxable properties in the district in accordance with N.J.S.A 54:04.
Other functions of the Assessors Office include reviewing property deeds for the purpose of updating and maintaining ownership records of all properties within the City. Reviewing Building Permits for the purpose of updating and maintaining property records to reflect physical changes (new construction, additions, renovations, demolition, subdivisions, etc.). Reviewing petitions of appeal filed with the County Board of Taxation and Tax Court of New Jersey to assist in defending the City's position in tax appeal proceedings. Reviewing and approving all applications for property tax deductions for qualified Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons, and Veterans: Determining the eligibility of organizations or individuals seeking to qualify for exempt status.