When constructing the Town budget, I had to consider the needs of all of our residents. This budget includes an expansion of Senior and Disabled Tax Relief to maximize benefits to our lowest income seniors. I want to thank the senior tax relief committee, most especially the committee chairman, Chris DeWitt, for his efforts.
Tax relief was one of the main concerns expressed to me by residents over the past year. Seniors, who call Fairfield home, deserve to retire with dignity in the community they helped to build. Seniors, along with working families, should not feel that they are in danger of being pushed out due to incessant tax increases.
My goal is to reduce taxes over my term as First Selectwoman, and while I would have loved to lower taxes in my first budget proposal, it would have been irresponsible to ignore the needed investment in our town systems, employees, technology and infrastructure that’s crucial to grow our grand list and commercial tax base.
I believe these strategic investments will allow me to reduce the property tax burden for our residents in the coming years, keep Fairfield affordable, while also providing a top-notch education for our children. This also means that we must make smart decisions about spending going forward.
The next step in this multi-level approach is a long-term, strategic look at budgeting across the Town to identify efficiencies and cost savings for the next fiscal year. I intend to begin this process this summer in collaboration with town departments, agencies, and offices along with other elected bodies, such as the Board of Education.
My hope is to have a respectful dialogue with residents and elected officials, about my budget proposal, and how we move Fairfield forward together.
The Board of Selectmen will vote on the budget on Monday, March 9th. It will then go to the Board of Finance and Representative Town Meeting for review. The full meeting schedule is linked below.
Please reach out to me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 203.256.3030, with your thoughts or to set up a time to come meet with me at Town Hall.
Brenda L. Kupchick
Click below to read the full budget or view my power point presentation.