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Some Fairfield Residents Fumed Over Proposed 2012-2013 Budget

The proposed budget represents an increase of 3.61 percent, or $9.5 million over the current budget.

A small number of residents reportedly voiced their displeasure with the , representing a 3.61 percent increase over the current budget, during a Saturday morning at the .

According to a report in the Fairfield Citizen, some complained that the proposed increase is too steep, considering that many residents in town are struggling financially.

The proposed $272.6 million town budget, which includes the , is an increase of $9.5 million over the current budget of $263.1 million. It is still subject to approval by the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and RTM.

Helping to drive the increase are renegotiated contracts with school district employees, increasing school enrollment, and the town's recently-adjusted pension obligations.

fairfieldjustin March 26, 2012 at 05:01 PM
we have a tremendous amount of public schools in the town, their needs to be an increase in the budget theyre already struggling to afford what they need so our schools can continue to stay the best in the state (since over the past several years weve been lowering the BOE budget and Fairfield schools have been lowering on the rankings)
maryHelen Melnick March 26, 2012 at 05:26 PM
a childs education is what the child makes of it himself. the building does not make the child.we are still in a tough economy and well there needs to be a cut in the budget. the ed budget does not just envolve educating the students. It the administrator saleries that need to have a cap on them and be cut. residents of this town have a right ot be fuming over the budget and the right to speak their peace.
DM March 26, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Those kids coming to the U.S.A from India with engineering,IT degrees, etc...What kind of schools did they attend!?
Fair fielder March 26, 2012 at 10:31 PM
If you read the Ciitizen article it names the people who spoke. Look them up. Their addresses are listed. Some of them live in million dollar mansions and others live at the beach.
Creeky March 27, 2012 at 03:08 AM
DM, I'm not sure where you are going with this but, an Engineering degree from India is not recognized as equivalent to a BS in Engineering from an accredited American college. It will not garner you the same positions, salary, or opportunity. Further, any practicing engineers here, of Indian decent, almost always graduated from an American college. I am an engineer, by education and trade. I've held positions such as technician, engineer, senior engineer, and engineering manager. I have experience hiring. Don't be fooled into thinking everyone in IT is a computer scientist, computer engineer, or electrical engineer. The field has lost it's way, in the use of nomenclature, and it's getting confusing. I recall that even Fairfield U. was offering a Masters in Computer Engineering for a while (possibly still) that basically entailed a high level of proficiency in Visual Basic. That is IT, but, it's not engineering, or computer science. The terms have become so misused, they are losing meaning.
Creeky March 27, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Maybe it was a Masters in Software Engineering. Whatever. It was an abuse of the term, and undoubtedly an unaccredited program (unless Microsoft has superseded ABET).
DM March 27, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Creeky, Making a generalization here.... Whether they went to college here or there. The comparison is in countries like India what kind of schools would they attend K thru 12 compared to the kids here in Fairfield? Many of them succeed in spite of the resources available.
Jim Eastwood March 27, 2012 at 06:42 PM
WOW !!!!!!! Good Afternoon FAIR ?? Field You all are correct. What is needed is Acountability at All LEVELS !!!!!! ok--Whats a Matter with less Administration and More Practical Education??? How about having the Kids Walk to school where they can ????? Whats a Matter with Holding the Town's administrators accountable??? From the Boss to the Chiefs???? We don't need another Train Station !!!! Fiasco!!!!!\ At Least the Police Chief showed a little decrease in Budget !!!!! Power to the People !!!!! and STOP the CLOSED Committee meetings !!!
Fairfield native March 27, 2012 at 08:44 PM
whine- whine- whine...and the same complainers are still at it. If our school scores went down- the police and fire departments weren't prepared...you would be whining about that. "Boy who cried wolf syndrome"... stop complaining about everything and maybe you would be taken seriously.
FFLDRESIDENT March 28, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Write to RTM members - http://fairfieldct.org/electedofficials.htm#rtm
maryHelen Melnick March 28, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Fairfield Native: people here have the right to be upset about the tax increase. 4% is alot of increase since the last administration all they did was raise taxes again and again while flatto campained that he was not going to raise taxes and make fairfield so sr. citizens can live here. we now know he had a hidden agenda all along. Iyt makes no difference if one lives on hillside rd. or harbor Rd. or anywhere else they have a right to complain about the tax raise. It you want to do something about come to the meeting of Fairfielder's for good government april 2 @ 7:00 p.m. at the main branch memorial room.
Fairfield native March 28, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Same people complain on this board continuously- it comes across as whining. I'm paying the same taxes and feeling the crunch but I care about more than just my money.
maryHelen Melnick March 28, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Fairfield Native:as I mentioned anyone who wants to come to the meeting for fairfielder's for good government on april 2 at 7p.m. in the memorial room at the main branch ans see what this grood is doing.
hmmm March 28, 2012 at 06:49 PM
So does good government actually mean "good government" or does good government mean - "slash and tear the budget any which way as long as I don't have to pay any more taxes" Just asking
Fairfield native March 28, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Hmmm- you are right on about that title! Love it!!!
maryHelen Melnick March 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Hmmm and Fairfield native: come to the meeting and find out for yourself. then you will see if your have something to habitually complain about as usual!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Fairfield native March 29, 2012 at 03:21 PM
That would be a time waster- I've spoken to members of the group and their only focus has been on how much money they have and how much they want to save- there is more to my decisions than how much money I have. Still love the new title "slash and tear the budget any which way as long as I don't have to pay any more taxes"
maryHelen Melnick March 29, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I guess you got the wrong impression or just talked to the wrong people because that is not the only focus of the group. maybe your should give it more of a try since many of the members work very hard for many causes in the group not just how to cut money.
maryHelen Melnick March 29, 2012 at 03:44 PM
your comments give the grojup a bad name and thats not fair. there are many who give of their time for many causes not to "slash and tear" the budget as you put it.If you came to a meeting with an open mind which you comments do not show you have you will see what the group is doking and planning and how hard many the members work.
mark March 29, 2012 at 03:50 PM
maryHelen Are you peter sister or mom
mark March 29, 2012 at 04:22 PM
MaryHelen I tried to attend a meeting, but unfortunately missed it. look maryhelen i know many of these people who started this group wealthy newcomers to are community and not that it matters what ones wealth is, but they are the same ones who supported mega homes, look were thats going MaryHelen. I was on a task force which i express my dislike of the mega homes for several reasons and not because they lack beauty, one reason was the disproportionate taxes it created on all the homes in Fairfield.MaryHelen i can give you a list of findings if you like . Many of the people in your group wanted these mega homes because they were short sided.Either they or their husbands work in or own major corporations and there trying to protect their own interest What their saying is lets slash and cut all budgets because i didn't do anything wrong, i'm not responsible for anything i did on wall street to create the economic colapse.MaryHelen it was cause by all bodies of government and corp america.Just look what the state workers were trying to get after storm irene
maryHelen Melnick March 29, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I think you very wrong since I was a on group with in this group for the metro center and I can tell you many were not wealthy.Many come to this group form all walks of life. As for the mega homes it not the people who want them its the builders who are getting away getting building permits to build them.someoen in the building department is pertmitting this. come to the meeting and see how we operate.
maryHelen Melnick March 29, 2012 at 04:36 PM
mark; no I am not related to Peter but know of him and who he is.
Fairfield native March 29, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Unfortunately, that is the impression that is made by many in your group. There is disregard of quality program and department because the ultimate goal is to lower taxes. It is a very short sided approach to community.

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