Just five years after becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, Laura Tacuri has been appointed by Mayor Fulop as Jersey City’s new Tax Assessor.

Tacuri has led the office as Acting Tax Assessor for several months since the retirement of her predecessor, Edward Toloza, whose career with the city lasted over 30 years under five different administrations.

Said Fulop “Laura Tacuri brings over 25 years of experience in tax administration and municipal finance.” He added that “Her expertise in financial management and commitment to serving the community make her an ideal candidate to oversee Jersey City’s tax assessment efforts.”

“I am honored because Jersey City has been my home since I came to the U.S. in 1998 from Ecuador. I feel so proud and honored that Mayor Fulop gave me the opportunity to help lead this city, the place that welcomed and nurtured me,” said Tacuri. “I am who I am because of Jersey City.”

Tacuri began her career with the city in 1999 as a summer intern with then Councilwoman Viola Richardson. Attributing her strong work ethic to her parents, Ms. Tacuri spent the next 25 years working her way up in the Tax Assessor’s Office while earning specialized certifications and degrees in financial management from New Jersey City University.

“Having served in various capacities within the field of taxation, Laura Tacuri possesses a comprehensive understanding of local tax codes and regulations,” said Business Administrator John Metro.

The Tax Assessor is a statutory officer licensed by the state of New Jersey and is responsible for the collection of property taxes and the enforcement of tax laws. In order to maintain autonomy, the Tax Assessor serves as a state employee.