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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.

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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