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Letter: How Should Fairfield Measure Affordability?

See the table submitted by resident Bud Morten in the gallery attached to this article.

A town that provides great schools and town services at an affordable cost will always attract residents, which means strong property values and sustainable services. 

However, if the cost of schools and services becomes uncompetitive, people will not want to live there, which means weak property values and unsustainable services. 

The table (attached to this article in PDF form) identifies eight nearby CT towns in which taxpayers can get services comparable to those in Fairfield at discounts of 4 percent (Guilford) to 56 percent (Greenwich). 

All town bodies should be required to explain the basis upon which they have concluded that any budget they approve is affordable for the taxpayers of Fairfield.

Alrick H Man IV January 18, 2013 at 01:13 PM
This is a good point as I have seen this table when it was first handed to the public. I sat right next to Dr Title in the meeting and over heard him discount it; as facts a figures can be looked at many different ways. There has been a trend over the last ten years that I have heard of disgruntled 80 percenters over the affordability and services this town has to offer. This trend will only get worse. It is about time town departments open their eyes and see this and start to reflect this in their budgets because there is a tipping point coming fast. Maybe it is time to cut back on the FAT pensions that are provided to town employees. I am going to exist in retirement on the money I have saved and the sale of my house when I retire why can't they? I only hope this trend doesn't catch up to soon as I may not be able to sell my house for more than I paid for it.
Stanley Simpleton January 18, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Thanks Bud. Very interesting. Of course there are limits to how much info you can fit on here, but it would be interesting to see the following data points included: Home value changes, Crime rates, population
mark January 18, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Population is the big difference in the numbers Bud Morten provides, working class can't afford to come up with a down payment to buy a home in NewCanaan,Greewich or Darien Hey Bud check stafford ct.
fairfield newcomer January 18, 2013 at 09:01 PM
The ed rankings columns are enlightening, towns with lower tax rates outrank Fairfield so to think that the amount spent is indicative of good results is a flawed idea.
mark January 18, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Fairfield newcomer are there many $300,000.00 homes in the towns i mentioned i think not.
R. Ludlowe January 18, 2013 at 09:22 PM
i had no idea that Greenwich taxes were that low.
fairfield newcomer January 18, 2013 at 09:43 PM
The comparison is taxes on $650,000.00 homes, not $300,000.00 and I was referring to that dollar amount, not $300,000.00.
Jim Eastwood January 18, 2013 at 10:43 PM
To All Look at the amount of Commercial property and Industrial property in those towns All we have is GE and I hope we don't drive them out. Look also at services such as Police, Fire and Highways we provide compared to those towns. Then Look a this Fact--We have Two yes , Fairfield U. and Sacred Heart U. in town, PAYING NO TAXES (yes the State kicks in about $500,000 each) but DEMANDING extensive services. We are 87=90 % tax base on residential properties--This has to change !! Have a Great Day (and Continue to Pay and Pay !!!!)
fairfield newcomer January 19, 2013 at 01:59 PM
You neglected to mention the country clubs that pay almost no taxes on large properties, the taxpayers subsidize country clubs that they financially are unable to join.
burt warde January 19, 2013 at 02:45 PM
yea,and we have a corrupt fire chief and fire commission to boot. hurrayyyyyy!
julie criscuolo January 20, 2013 at 01:56 AM
I think you should strongly consider moving to Greenwich.

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