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Information below explains how your taxes and pay for Fire and EMS services


The NJ State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association (NJFMBA) is comprised of over 5,000 active and retired career firefighters, EMS and dispatchers throughout the State of New Jersey. The NJFMBA is dedicated to serving the needs of the public through the highest level of professional service, integrity, and public awareness.

Through these efforts, the NJFMBA has compiled the tax breakdowns for every municipality in New Jersey in order to inform the public how their tax dollars are being spent.

While career fire and EMS departments are available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days per year, with no ability to strike or shutdown, these departments provide the MOST service for the LEAST amount of tax dollar.

Firefighters contribute 10% of their salaries towards their pensions and pay up to 35% of their insurance premiums. In addition, firefighters are ineligible to collect social security benefits, therefore providing a savings to municipalities by removing that obligation to make Social Security contributions.

Firefighters are not an unsustainable expense to the taxpayers of New Jersey; they are a vital and indispensable service!

Below is information regarding how your taxes and how they pay for Fire and EMS services:

Clifton City, Passaic County: The average property tax per household is $8,771.00

The total amount of tax paid per household for your Local Career Fire and EMS Professionals is: $497.75 ($1.36 per day)

The chart to the right displays how little of your average total taxes paid go to support Fire and EMS professionals who are there for your safety and protection 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days of the year.

  • Other Taxes Including County and Schools: $187,392,721
  • Municipal Taxes: $61,333,533
  • Local Career Fire and EMS Taxes: $15,584,300

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