FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield Township municipal taxes will decrease $17 on an average house valued at $447,707. The 2017 municipal budget, which was passed by the mayor and council on July 17, is considerably below the 2-percent cap, but the council said homeowners will only see a decrease of $13 in overall taxes on an average house due to an increase in the local schools' 2017 budget.

At the public hearing of the 2017 municipal budget, Fairfield Township Mayor James Gasparini explained to the public that Essex County reduced taxes on an average home by $62. The regional school reduced taxes by $21, but Fairfield Public Schools increased taxes by $87.

The mayor also encouraged the community to come out for National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 1 between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Fairfield Police Department will be hosting its third annual National Night Out community block party on Hollywood Avenue in front of the recreation complex.

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The event will feature free food, games, inflatables, a dunk tank, DJ, band and a fortune teller. Gasparini said that the New Jersey State Police North Star helicopter is scheduled to land at approximately 8:15 p.m. on the ball field and will be available for viewing.

The police department also will have a brief community survey available that evening for attendees to complete so that the department can gauge its effectiveness.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community to come out and meet many of the officers who help keep them safe,” said Gasparini. “We hope to see all at the event.”

During the meeting, Council President Michael McGlynn reported the death of Pete Cassera, who was an active member of the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department for 60 years. McGlynn said that Cassera was an active member and mentor to many people.

“He will be greatly missed,” said McGlynn. “Condolences to the Cassera family.”