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2018-2019 Annual Budget 

The Town of Fairfield's budget process begins in January and ends in May.  Below are dates and documents related to the approval of the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Annual Budget (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 or FY2019).  The budget  was approved by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) on May 7, 2018.

For details on the Board of Education budget please visit the Board of Education's Budget Page.    For general information on the budgeting process please visit our Annual Budget Process Overview web page.  And for details and documents related to last year's budget please visit the 2017-2018 Annual Budget web page.

Hearing Schedules

The Board of Selectmen (BOS) and Board of Finance (BOF) will hold five joint budget hearings during the month of March.  The Representative Town Meeting (RTM) will hold three budget hearings in early April.  Click here to view the Combined Budget Schedule, including snow dates.  See links (below) to on demand video coverage of the hearings as coverage becomes available.  Check the Town Meetings Calendar for last minute time or location changes.

Public Comment Session

The Board of Finance will hold a Public Comment session on Saturday, March 24th at 9:30 am in the Fairfield Ludlowe High School auditorium.  Check the Town Meetings Calendar for last minute time or location changes.

Budget Deliberations

The Board of Selectmen will deliberate (and vote) on the budget on Monday, March 26 at 2:00 pm in the 1st floor conference room of Sullivan Independence Hall.  The Board of Finance will deliberate on Thursday, March 29, at 7:30 pm at 401 Kings Highway East, Seminar Room 295 A&B.  There will be no public comment at these sessions.  Check the Town Meetings Calendar for last minute time or location changes.

Vote Dates

The annual budget is voted on by four Town bodies.  The voting dates for 2019 are as follows.  Check the Town Meetings Calendar for time and location:

Most Requested Links and Documents

The following is a list of the most requested links and documents.  Handouts and all other budget documents may be accessed below.   To see all documents from all years please visit the Finance Department's Forms and Documents web page and select budget information.


Here are the Budget Handouts related to the 2018-2019 town budget process: 

Listing files in '2018-2019 Handouts'

All Documents

Use this dropdown box to see all documents related to the 2018-2019 budget process:

Listing files in '2018-2019 Budget Information'

Video Coverage

Miss a budget hearing?  Click the links in the hearing date column below to watch FairTV's video coverage of the Budget Hearings as the video becomes available*.

# Hearing Date Budget Items
1 Thursday,
March 1 - Part 1   Part 2
  • Summary Budget Presentation by First Selectman
  • Miscellaneous (Not for Profit Organizations)
  • Administrative & General (1 of 2) (First Selectman's Office, Town Clerk, FairTV, Registrar of Voters, Zoning Board of Appeals, Town Plan and Zoning, Probate Court, Historic District Commission, Conservation, Shellfish, Miscellaneous Contingencies, Community & Economic Development, Harbor Management Commission)
  • Finance (1 of 2) (Purchasing, Administrative Services, Finance, Fund Balance, Assessor, Board of Finance, Debt Service, Tax Collector)
2 Tuesday,
March 6 - Part1  Part 2
  • Board of Education (Superintendent's Budget Presentation, BOE Budget, Health & Welfare Services, Private School Bus Transportation)
3 Thursday,
March 8
  • Culture and Recreation (1 of 2) (Main Library, Fairfield Woods Library)
  • Public Works (1 of 2) (Building)
  • Health and Welfare (Health, Human and Social Services)
  • Culture and Recreation (2 of 2) (Penfield Pavilion Complex, Parks & Recreation, Waterfront & Marina, Golf Courses)
March 14
  • Finance (2 of 2) (Information Technology)
  • Public Works (2 of 2) (Solid Waste & Recycling, Public Works Administration & Operations, Engineering, Street Lighting, WPCA)
  • Public Safety (Fire, Hydrant and Water, Fire Training School, Emergency Management, Police, Animal Control, Emergency Communications)
5 Thursday,
March 15
  • Retiree (OPEB, Pension)
  • Administrative & General (2 of 2)  (Active Employee Benefits, Human Resources, Legal, Unemployment Compensation, Contingency)
6 Wednesday,
April 4
  • Summary Budget Presentation by First Selectman
  • Administrative & General (1 of 2) (Human Resources, First Selectman's Office, Community and Economic Development Active Employee Benefits, Contingency)
  • Finance (Purchasing, Administrative Servies, Finance, Fund Balance, Assessor, Tax Collector, Debt Service, Information Technology
  • Board of Education (Board of Education Budget, Health and Welfare Services)
  • Retiree (OPEB, Pension)
  • Public Safety (Fire, Fire Training School, Emergency Communications, Police)
7 Thursday,
April 5
  • Miscellaneous: Not for Profit Organizations (Pequot Library, Fairfield Museum)
  • Health and Welfare (Health, Human and Social Services)
  • Administrative and General (2 of 2) (Conservation, Legal, FairTV, Registrar, Town Plan and Zoning)
  • Public Works (Building, Public Works Administration, Public Works Operations)
  • Culture and Recreation (Libraries, Penfield, Parks and Recreation, Marina, Golf Courses)

*Hearing dates and/or what items are heard on a particular date may change due to weather, staff availability and other factors.  Consult the Combined Budget Schedule for the most up-to-date information as well as potential snow dates.