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If the detector is just chirping, thumping or buzzing, it probably means that the battery is low. Replace the battery as soon as possible. Without a working battery, a smoke detector cannot do it job and the risk of dying in a fire increases greatly. For more information, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 513-867-5378 or visit our Smoke Detector Guide.
While digital phone service works with the Emergency 911 system and will transmit a caller’s address, residents should be aware that cable-based digital service will likely not work during power failures. While traditional land lines usually offer back-up power, digital customers may wish to have a cellular telephone should service be interrupted.
No. The Butler County Auditor, as an agent for the Ohio Department of Taxation, is responsible for administering the tangible personal property tax laws. Anyone in business in Ohio is subject to tangible personal property tax on equipment, furniture, fixtures and inventory used in business. The tangible personal property tax is distributed back to the local taxing districts in the same manner as real estate taxes.
Consider these questions:
If you answered yes to any of the questions one through five, you need to file an individual return with the City of Fairfield. If you answered yes to question six, you need to file a Fairfield business return.
We know that receiving refunds in a timely manner is important to our taxpayers. We strive to process refund requests as quickly as possible. Some taxing agencies issue refunds up front and “chase” any improperly refunded money later after reviewing. Here at the City, we review refund requests up front, which safeguards taxpayer money and helps prevent fraud. Refund requests are processed in the order in which they are received. In some situations, a filed return requesting a refund may be incomplete. If that happens, the account clerk to whom the refund is assigned will send a letter to the taxpayer requesting any additional information needed to complete the return.
Because each return is unique and must be reviewed before a refund can be issued, we are not able to tell you exactly when your refund will be received. Under state law, municipalities do not have to pay interest on any overpayment so long as it is refunded within ninety days after the final filing date of the annual return or ninety days after the completed return is filed, whichever is later. However, the tax office strives to process returns more quickly than that.
You are always welcome to call the tax office if you have questions or concerns about your refund request, but please keep in mind that the account clerk with whom you speak must work the oldest completed returns first and will not be able to expedite your refund.
If your company is located in a township or even a lower taxing district, you can ask your employer to withhold the difference; however, they are not required to by law. If they do not withhold for Fairfield, you will need to make quarterly estimated tax payments to Fairfield. Estimated payments are based on 100% of last year's tax liability or 90% of current year's tax liability of $200.00 or more after deducting Fairfield and city credits. Quarterly estimated payments are due on April 15th, June 15th, September 15th, and December 15th. Either the 100% of last year's or 90% of current year's tax liability must be paid in quarterly payments to avoid interest and penalties Quarterly estimate coupons are available in our lobby, the tax office or at: http://www.fairfield-city.org/214/Individual-Tax-Forms
You can use the following methods to determine if you reside within the City of Fairfield.1. The State of Ohio’s Tax finder at: https://thefinder.tax.ohio.gov/StreamlineSalesTaxWeb/default_municipal.aspx to look up your address and find municipalities and income tax rates.2. The City of Fairfield GIS (Geographic Information Systems) at: http://gis.fairfield-city.org/cofim/index.html3. Call our office at (513) 867-5327 Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM to verify if an address is within the City. Note that the states’ finder system has not been verified with the City and may have discrepancies. Please notify the state or contact us if you find any such discrepancy.
Schedule losses cannot offset W-2 income. As of 2016 - Losses can be used to offset profits for up to five years. The losses expire after 5 years if they are fully or partially unused. Uses of these losses are subject to a 50% cap for tax years 2018 through 2022.
The City of Fairfield does not have a school district tax. Our district number is 0902.
There is a Fairfield Union School District in Fairfield County, district number 2304, which has a tax of .75%. If you see 2304 in your local city box, contact your employer to have them stop withholding. You will need to contact the State of Ohio Tax Department at 800-282-1782 to request a refund form.
Residents are required to file regardless of where property is located, but receive credit for taxes paid to other cities. Non-residents are required to file on rental property located within the City of Fairfield.
No, you do not have to file under the same filing status as the federal and state. If you are married, we ask you file jointly with Fairfield, regardless if you filed married filing separately for the federal and state returns. Persons living together but not married cannot legally file a joint return.
As of 2018 you can no longer claim 2106 expenses. For tax year prior to 2018 you can claim 2106 expenses against your W-2 income, subject to Federal limitations. However, if the wages were earned in another city, and taxes were withheld for that city, you would need to go back to that city and get a refund. If the other city's rate is less than our rate, you would be able to get a proportionate share of the expenses against the W-2 income. Please note, if you do get a refund from the other city, the credit claimed on your return for those taxes will be reduced and you will end up owing the balance to the City of Fairfield.
Forms are mailed out in January of each year to all active accounts that have indicated they wish to receive forms or that have been recently added. During tax season (January through April) forms are also available in our lobby 24/7 or at the Fairfield Lane Library. If you do not receive a form, you can contact our office or visit our forms website at:
Individual: https://www.fairfield-city.org/214/Individual-Tax-FormsBusiness: https://www.fairfield-city.org/254/Business-Tax-Forms
A complete copy of your Federal Income Tax Form (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040X, including all W-2s, supporting schedules, such as Schedule C, E, K-1 from a partnership) need to be attached. If something is missing, the Income Tax Division will send out a letter requesting the information to complete the return. The return will not be considered filed until the missing information is received.
The City of Fairfield's Tax credit for those residents working outside of Fairfield is 100%, but cannot exceed the City of Fairfield's tax rate of 1.5%
For those employers that offer a courtesy withholding of residents tax, see the following table:
You can learn more by visiting the What You Can Do With GIS page.
The GIS is maintained by GIS staff, part of the Information Technology Division of the Finance Department. Dedicated staff include one GIS Administrator reporting to the IT Manager. Secondary GIS staff, those whose primary job function is not GIS, include 1 Wastewater GIS staffer, 2 Water GIS staffers, and 1 Public Works GIS staffer.
Aerial photos were flown in 2000, 2005 and 2007. GIS staff have begun verifying all data written between 2001 and 2005 that was created from construction drawings or field data collection.
It is preferred that you apply online at our Current Employment Opportunities page; however, if you are unable to for some reason, please call the Human Resources Office at 513-867-5352.
Read our brochure about the Police Department that gives standards for consideration and employee benefits. Also, feel free to contact the Human Resources Office at 513-867-5352 or via email at email@example.com with any questions.
When an opening occurs, online applications for that specific position are reviewed and candidates who meet established qualifications are contacted. If you applied for a Civil Service classified position, you will be notified by email confirming the date, time and location of the exam once the deadline for applications has passed. Generally, within two weeks after the examination, you will receive a notice of your test score. Once approved by the Civil Service Commission, the certified list of applicants is given to the hiring manager who contacts the applicants directly in order of placement on the certified eligibility list.
The City strives to provide interesting and challenging jobs and work assignments, as well as pay that is fair and competitive. In addition, City of Fairfield employees participate in medical, dental, life and disability insurance. Other benefits include paid vacation and holidays, personal and sick days, attendance incentive and longevity award programs and participation in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS). There is also an employee assistance program available to employees, tuition reimbursement and training for advancements.
All Fairfield residents 18 years or older (including part year & retirees under the age of 65), property owners, and business owners are required by City Ordinance to file a City tax return each year on or before the federal due date, whether or not tax is due.
All businesses conducting business in Fairfield are required to file a tax return.
Business Returns: A copy of your Federal Return and completed Schedule Y allocation. Individual Returns: -W-2 form(s) -Federal 1040 tax return including: -Schedule A, C, E, F and/or 4797, if applicable -Documentation for any income reported on your Federal tax form as "other income" (Line 21 of the Federal 1040 Form) -Any other federal schedules or forms which document deductions or or additions to your local tax return -Copies of other local tax returns or refund requests you have filed
The City tax return must be postmarked by April 15, unless a taxpayer requests an extension. Extensions received by the applicable due date and extensions with a Federal extension are automatically granted.
If you are in need of forms or have any questions regarding current year estimated payments, the filing of the annual City of Fairfield income tax return, or prior year return(s), please feel free to call or visit the Tax Office.
The City of Fairfield Tax Office staff will be happy to assist with the completion of your individual Fairfield tax return at no charge. Just bring all W-2s, 1099s, your Federal Form 1040 including Schedule 1, if used, and any other pertinent federal schedules to the Tax Office during office hours. No appointment is necessary.
Filing early is highly recommended, as requests for assistance from the Tax Office increase dramatically as the tax filing deadline approaches.
Please make checks payable to "Fairfield Income Tax".
Complete and submit the following Individual Registration by mail, email, or fax.
Complete the following Business Registration and submit by mail, email, or fax.
To reserve a facility, call the Fairfield Parks and Recreation office at 513-867-5348, or stop by the Fairfield Community Arts Center at 411 Wessel Drive.
For information about specific facilities, please see the Rentals page.
All fees for all programs have to be paid at the time of registration.
Please call the Water Division at 513-858-7775 at any time.
Please contact the Utility Billing Office at 513-867-5370 Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
To report a leaking or otherwise defective fire hydrant, please contact the City of Fairfield Public Utilities Water Division at 513-858-7775.
A Boil Water Advisory is issued by officials anytime that all or part of the water system loses pressure or is “depressurized”. When a small section of the water system is affected, as it may be due to a water main break, water customers are notified via notices hung on their doors, through the CodeRED Emergency Communications Network or both methods.
The water system is normally under pressure and the water is "pushing out" of water leaks or other outlets. When the system is depressurized, there is the possibility that contaminants may be “pulled in” to the water system. A Boil Advisory must be issued to let the public know of the possibility that microorganisms (bacteria) may be present and that by boiling the water as described, any living bacteria will be inactivated. A boil water advisory does not mean that contaminants have been found, only that conditions have developed that could result in a bacterial contamination. Under a boil water advisory, it is recommended that water be brought to a rolling boil and boiled for at least two minutes before consumption. Boil water advisories are a common occurrence for public water systems across the country.
The City of Fairfield is required by Ohio State Law to administer a backflow prevention program as a means to protect the public water supply from potential contamination. Fairfield’s program is designed to prevent the flow of water from a customer’s private piping back into the public water distribution system. Backflow prevention is primarily accomplished through the installation of backflow prevention devices on a customer’s water pipes. Backflow prevention generally applies to Commercial and Industrial facilities.
It is the home or business owner's responsibility to maintain the sewer lateral from the home or business to the sewer main. It is the City's responsibility to maintain the sewer main.
To find out if your home or business is connected to the City of Fairfield's public water and/or sewer system, give us a call at 513-858-7775. This service is free for our community.
This can be very costly, please give the Public Utilities Department a call at 513-858-7775, as we may have some suggestions or alternatives for you to consider. If you do need to have repair or replacement preformed, only a licensed plumber by the City of Fairfield can perform the task. Any plumber can apply for a license at the: Wastewater Treatment Facility 4799 Groh Lane Fairfield, OH 45014
With the exception of some nutrient testing and other specialized testing, our laboratory staff preforms all analysis.
Questions concerning your water can be directed to 513-858-7775 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For emergencies after business hours, you may also call the Water Division at 513-858-7775.
It means that there is probably an underground utility in your area that needs repair. The blue flags mark the location of our water main and the green flags mark the location of the sanitary sewer. This is a safety precaution so that our underground utilities do not get damaged during the excavation to make the repair.
During the first half of each year, the City of Fairfield issues our Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) to the citizens of Fairfield providing the results of our drinking water analyses for the past year. The USEPA and the OEPA set the water quality standards for safe drinking water. The water produced at our plant consistently meets or exceeds all of these requirements. If you have any questions about water quality, you may call the Water Division at 513-858-7775.
Most electric customers are allowed to choose an electric provider. For more information about the Ohio Customer Choice program, visit their website.
The City offers a call-in brush pickup service. For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 513-867-4200.
The city contracts with a trash hauler. Currently Rumpke provides this service for Fairfield residents.
For information on disposing large appliances, visit Butler County Recycling and Solid Waste District.
The Fairfield Fire Department does not take any type of hazardous materials. Household hazardous waste must be disposed of according to state and federal laws and regulations. For more information you may contact the Butler County Solid Waste Management District at 513-887-3693 or view this document, "A Guide to Safe Management of Household Hazardous Waste".
Unused medications or controlled substances can be disposed of in the City’s “drug drop box” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week located in the lobby of the Fairfield Police Department at 5230 Pleasant Avenue.
Why does the Utility Company trim trees near power lines?
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) requires Utility Companies to inspect and clear their power lines on a regular basis. This is critical to maintain reliable and safe electric power.
How much will be trimmed or cut?
Standards require 10 feet of line clearance. However, that is a minimum standard and does not mean that only 10 feet of material will be trimmed. Trimming is species-specific, taking into account the growth rate of trees and the length of time before trimmers will return to the same area. Typically, limbs and branches will be trimmed to allow at least 12-14 feet of clearance on all sides of power lines. Trees within transmission line easements (large towers) will be totally removed.
Who does the trimming? What standards do they follow?
The Utility Company usually hires private contractors to conduct routine tree trimming which follow standards developed by the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) and the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the plan approved by the PUCO.
How will I know where tree trimming is scheduled to take place?
The tree trimming contractor will generally provide a flyer or attach a door hanger notifying the affected property of the upcoming trimming.
Are tree trimmers allowed to enter my property?
Power lines on private property are usually located in utility easement areas, which give Utility Companies or their contractors the right to enter and maintain those lines.
What happens to the cut material?
Trees are considered a homeowner’s property. Small debris may be chipped and removed by the contractor as part of jobsite cleanup, but larger limbs and branches are typically cut, stacked, and left on site for the property owner to use or dispose. Disposal can be done through the city’s Brush and Limb Pickup Program.
Where can I get more information regarding Duke Energy’s Utility Trimming Program?
Duke Energy has a website dedicated to explain their Integrated Vegetation Management Program, it can be found by following the link below.
Who can I contact if I have questions about trimming that will be done on my property?
If you have questions about work at your property, always contact the Utilities’ contractor first. They should be willing to meet you at your property to discuss the work. If that does not resolve your concerns, you should contact Duke Energy (800-554-6900) or Butler Rural Electric (513-867-4400).
Duke Energy maintains most of the City's streetlights. Streetlight repair can be requested by calling 1-800-544-6900 or by using their helpful online tool. Information such as pole number and location will be helpful to them in identifying the light needing repair.
Roughly 80 street lights in the City are maintained by Butler Rural Electric. If one of their streetlights is out, call 513-867-4400.
Trees located in the curb lawn area are the responsibility of the property owner, according to Fairfield Codified Ordinance 901.05(b).
The city contracts with Rumpke. Contact them with any questions at 1-800-582-3107. Additional information can be found here.
Appliances should be placed at the curbside on your regular trash day. If disposing of an appliance containing refrigerant (such as a refrigerator, air conditioner, or freezer), the refrigerant must be removed by an appliance contractor prior to placing it at the curb for pickup. For more information, contact Rumpke at 513-742-2900.
To report a leaking or otherwise defective fire hydrant, please contact the City of Fairfield Public Utilities Water Division at 513-858-7775.
Contact Police for dead animal removal. The number for non-emergency police dispatch is 829-8201.
Average Annual Daily Traffic data is collected and published by the Ohio Department of Transportation. It is available on their Transportation Information Mapping System.
We generally discourage this because we can’t guarantee it won’t be damaged by a construction project by the City or a utility company. Any damage to private irrigation systems within the right of way will be the property owners’ responsibility to repair. For any work being done in the right of way, the City recommends the property owner get a no-fee permit.
These types of signs are not listed in the Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (OMUTCD) which is the manual that covers the design and placement of street signs. The City continues to restrict or limit signs that are not specifically listed in the OMUTCD. Research has indicated that these types of signs do not have any significant impact on traffic safety. Supporting guidance from the Ohio Department of Transportation is available here.
The City does not allow residents to place asphalt, concrete, lumber, metal, etc. in the curb line to ease the bump getting into their driveways. The only acceptable temporary solution would be a product manufactured specifically for this application (the only product the City is aware of is Bridjit, although others may exist and be perfectly appropriate). These products may recommend bolting to the concrete; the City would not allow this.
Ultimately, the best, most permanent, solution is to hire a contractor to depress the curb and drive apron.
Railroads operate within their own right-of-way. Sometimes this means that public streets may be blocked by stopped trains. The City is unable to directly address stopped trains. However, motorists are encouraged to call the number posted on a blue sign at the railroad crossing gate to report a problem. The crossing identification number is posted on the sign.
Additionally, people are encouraged to use this online reporting tool. The data gathered helps federal authorities track issues, but not clear the track in a timely fashion.
Public Works temporarily places radar speed signs at locations around Fairfield at the request of residents. These signs advise motorists of their speed to promote safe driving. Residents can request a sign by calling 867-4200 or using the Report a Concern link on the City homepage.
Yes, it protects both people and infrastructure and there is no cost to the homeowner to call and have utilities marked. See the following link:
Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS)
When someone calls the Ohio Utility Protection Service because they will be digging in the area, utility providers will come out and paint or flag their utilities to let the person who will be digging know where their utilities are located.
Different colors indicate the presence of various utilities:
Red: ElectricYellow: GasOrange: Communication (Internet/Phone/Cable)Blue: Potable WaterGreen: SewersSee this link for more information.
Call 513-858-7760 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. During normal business hours, your questions will be answered by a collection system employee. After 3:30 p.m. and until 11 p.m., the plant operator will take your call and contact an employee immediately to respond. During heavy rain events, calls will be responded to in the order they are received. During the hours between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., contact the Water Treatment Plant at 513-858-7775.
First, immediately stop all water usage, as backups are typically caused by plumbing problems within your home or business. Turn off washing machines, dishwashers, showers, and anything that uses water.
Second, after stopping all water usage, contact the Wastewater Treatment Facility at 513-858-7760 during the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Your questions will be answered by a Wastewater professional and, if needed, a crew will be dispatched to the your home or business in a timely manner (during heavy rain events, calls will be responded to in the order they are received). During the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., contact the Water Plant at 513-858-7775. The Plant Operator will pass the complaint to the proper Wastewater personnel who will respond to the complaint.
This is called a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) and needs to be reported immediately. During the hours of 7a.m. and 11p.m., contact the Wastewater Treatment Facility at 513-858-7760, and during the hours of 11p.m. and 7a.m., contact the Water Plant at 513-858-7775.
It is unfortunate that in some cases utilities are located behind or adjacent to home or business owner's property. The Wastewater Collection Division has to access the sanitary sewer manholes to perform routine and emergency maintenance. Easement agreements are written so that we are allowed to cross the property to perform the work. The Wastewater Collection Division makes every effort to contact the property owners when it is necessary to enter private property to perform the work.
Your sewer lateral can be accessed through your clean-out. A clean-out is typically found in your basement, or outside property where the lateral exits your home or business. A clean-out typically has a threaded cap 4 inches to 6 inches in diameter.
Sewer odors can be caused by a number of things, a dry trap, blocked vent stack, cracked pipes, or a sour garbage disposal. If it's a blocked vent stack or cracked pipe, a plumber will need to be contacted. Sometimes a garbage disposal will go sour, grinding up ice-cubes in the disposal will take care of this problem. The most common cause of sewer odors in your home or business is a dry trap. Traps will dry out more frequently in the winter months, by simply adding water to all the traps in your home or business typically will eliminate the odor.
During the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., contact the Wastewater Treatment Facility at 513-858-7760. Your questions will be answered by a Wastewater professional, and a crew will be dispatched to your home or business in a timely manner (during heavy rain events, calls will be responded to in the order they are received). During the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., contact the Water Plant at 513-858-7775. The Plant Operator will pass the complaint to the proper Wastewater personnel who will respond to the complaint.
Please view this procedure for cleaning "flooded basements".
On Monday through Friday, during the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., contact the Wastewater Treatment Facility at 513-858-7760. The collection department will make an appointment with you to come to your home or business and perform a miniature camera inspection on your sanitary service lateral and diagnose the problem. This is a free service for our community.
Lots of things can cause a sanitary sewer to back up. Sometimes people flush things down their toilet that are not meant to be flushed. Cooking grease can build up on the walls of your sanitary sewer lateral over time if it's disposed down your drain. But the most common cause for a backup is roots. Trees and shrubs need water and nutrients, and what better place than a sewer lateral. The roots will enter the lateral through the joints in the sewer pipe, the roots will grow, and eventually plug the pipe solid.
A plumber or drain cleaning company.
A sewer lateral is a sewer pipe that connects your home or business to the sanitary sewer main.
This can be very costly, please give us a call at the Wastewater Treatment Facility at 513-858-7760, as we may have some suggestions or alternatives for you to consider. If you do need to have repair or replacement preformed, only a licensed plumber by the City of Fairfield can perform the task. Any plumber can apply for a license at the: Wastewater Treatment Facility 4799 Groh Lane Fairfield, OH 45014
We're at 4799 Groh Lane, past Waterworks Park, and just past the Fairfield Youth Football fields adjacent to the Great Miami River.
A Plant Operator is on staff from 7a.m. to 11p.m., seven days a week.
Sure, just give us a call Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at 513-858-7760, to set up a plant tour.
Our collection system is designed for sanitary sewage only. But unfortunately during heavy rain periods, storm water will infiltrate our system.
We discharge our final effluent into the Lower Great Miami River.
The City of Fairfield gets its drinking water from the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer. The City has six deep wells to pump the water from the underground aquifer to the Water Treatment Plant.
The average pH of Fairfield’s water is 8.6 standard units (s.u.)
The average hardness of the water is 128 milligrams per liter or 7.2 grains per gallon.
Bacteria, fungus, and mold spores normally found in the air can cause rings in your toilet bowl. Wet surfaces provide an ideal environment for these organisms to live and reproduce quickly, growing together to form a ring. The color of the ring depends on the type of bacteria, fungus, or mold that settles on the wet surface.
You can easily remove the rings with common household cleaners and a toilet bowl brush. Keeping the toilet lid closed as much as possible will help minimize the number of spores that can enter the toilet and reduce the amount of light that the spores need for growth.