Letter: 'Good Luck Trying to Survive Financially in Fairfield'

Resident Evelyn Reynolds explains why she's leaving town next year.

Dear Mr. Tetreau and all the Fairfielders who read this: 

Mr. Forcellina's Letter to the Editor is exactly why I just paid for a building lot in Boynton Beach, FL -- not a large lot but hey, who needs to mow the lawn every day?

I will get a brand new home, with a water view, pool and taxes of about $7,500 for a 2,600 square foot home. We currently pay $14,000 for a 3,300 square foot home and 1/5 acre in the University area! No state income tax, low other cost of living such as electric at about $250-350 per month instead of about $11,000 we are paying now for electric all year round & oil! The streets there are super clean wherever I drive not like around Fairfield where I pick up trash on a weekly basis along side North Benson, exits 23 & 24 on I-95. My husband is 67 years young, has to pay for a beach sticker we only need for the dump since we do not use the beach. We do not use the new million-dollar clubhouse either but helped pay for it! We get nothing in return.

This is what I figured out: A family from, let's say New Jersey, moves to our town with three children. That is $32,000 per family, per year to ship off to school. They will pay let's say $18,000 in property taxes which leaves $14,000 to be paid by myself and my husband. We had one son, he went to public school and then off to Fairfield Prep and then to St. Michaels College. We did not cost the tax payers of Fairfield much!

What gets to me is that these families move in and out from town, put a burden on our town since they usually stay only for a few years and rack up huge education cost compared to what they pay in taxes. I do still believe that each child should get the best education they can, but not on my husband's income -- he worked his butt off for 40 years to finally be able to retire and have some fun. I am younger and still working. I have my own business and will be the bread winner for the next 20 years. I have no intention of spending my hard earned money on people who choose to come and go. I am out of here as soon as our home is built next year in May and will laugh myself silly living a lifestyle most people can only dream about! Florida here we come!

Good luck to all the others who are trying to hang onto their homes and survive financially while living in Fairfield! Enough is enough! By the way, I not only take my tax money with me but also a good feeling that I will be finally living in a neat, clean, fun and sunny "HappyLand". Keep up the lousy job!


Evelyn Reynolds

Jim Eastwood October 15, 2012 at 10:36 AM
Evelyn You are right on !!!! It seems that no onre is listening Thank you for saying it !! For some, some also whohave lived their lives and dedicated their support to the Town of Fairfield are being driven OUT !!! Thank you for your comment on the Two to Five year set, who breeze into town, spend the taxpayers money, take advantage of the area and then move on. What ever happened to true citizens and true dedication???? I guess this will get some one upset !!!! But suck it up !! Have great Day ( and Pay and Pay ) !!
Fairfield Parent October 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Having lived in Fairfield for 20+ years, I can agree this town has become expensive...however I moved here with my spouse without kids and paid our share of taxes without complaint for 8 years and supported every education initiative (2 high schools, new elementary schools, etc.). By my calculation, we supported many seniors kids without the selfish attitude noted in the letter to the editor. I am trying to understand why mature people like this feel it is OK for their kids to have a great education, but then feel they need to bolt if they have to support other's kids. Don't we want America to excel with a solid education foundation? This town even 20 years ago had many people transplanted here...and yes more people are here than ever before. Is this town perfect? No. Are people as friendly as they used to be, not always. I can tell you from firsthand knowledge that Boynton Beach will have it's share of challenges for you too. I hope you enjoy Florida and take your bitterness with you. We need people who are happy in this town and want to support it and our kids in the short term and for the long haul!
Denise October 15, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I raised my child in North Branford and, although I don;t believe we have the most aggressive education level in the state, I am proud of our collective children's successes. I am happy to continue to help other families enjoy raising their children in our beautiful town and to provide them with a quality education. The children are our future and will continue to keep our community a great place to live. Congratulations to this woman who was lucky to afford private education for her children...but to live in a nice community requires the responsabilty of all who live there.
wow October 15, 2012 at 02:51 PM
good riddance. Go spit your hate somewhere else. When you move down to Boynton beach I hope the residents there complain about how the northeasterners move down and walk the clean roads and take advantage of neat beaches in HappyLand without paying taxes for 20 years prior to moving. Maybe you should move to "BitterLand".
steve sheppard October 15, 2012 at 03:26 PM
My property taxes have tripled in about a dozen years......if we continue at the same annualized increases there will be plenty more who will not want to live here. The public sector and the private sector need to be more in balance regarding our tax dollars.


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