The Fairview Fire District has the highest fire tax rate in Dutchess County, and possibly the highest fire tax rate in New York State. The following articles explain how tax rates can meaningfully be compared, and how the current Fairview fire tax rate compares with the past, with other property taxes in Fairview, and with other fire districts. For detailed financial information about the Fairview Fire District, see the Fiscal Information page.

Tax Rate — Taxpayer Viewpoint versus Budget Viewpoint
Property taxpayers sometimes pay taxes at a higher rate than was specified in the budget. 
Fairview Fire Tax History
The Fairview Fire District’s taxable market value, tax levy, and municipal tax rate follow a pattern of change from 2001 to 2013 similar to that of most other municipal governments.
Property Tax in Fairview
Taxable property owners in the Fairview Fire District pay not only fire taxes, but also school, county, town, library, and lighting taxes. Although fire taxes are an important component of the total property tax, fire taxes have increased more slowly since the 2008 economic meltdown than any other property taxes in Fairview.This means that Fairview fire taxes have become a smaller proportion of total tax.
Fire Tax in Dutchess County and Beyond
The Fairview Fire District has the highest fire tax rate in Dutchess County, and possibly the highest in New York State.
Tax Exempt Institutions in Fairview
There are about 40 tax exempt institutions in Fairview which require fire and emergency medical services, but which are not required to pay fire tax.
2013 Fairview Fire Tax
Fairview’s true value tax rate for 2013 is $6.70 per thousand dollars of market value. This presentation to the Fairview Board of Fire Commissioners on 2/5/2013 explains why this tax rate, which is from the taxpayer’s viewpoint, is slightly higher than the tax rate predicted during the previous fall’s budget cycle.