Town of Fairfield News
2/26/2015 - First Selectman Unveils 2016 Budget
First Selectman Mike Tetreau announced today that after months of thorough budget review and numerous deliberations with his fiscal team, Town departments and the School’s Superintendent, he is proposing a 1.64% tax increase for fiscal year 2016.
In putting together this budget, First Selectman Tetreau said, “I am committed to managing the Town as efficiently and effectively as possible to help keep Fairfield the best value in Connecticut and to help residents who are struggling financially stay in Fairfield. This commitment to provide cost effective programs and services help make Fairfield a desirable place to live.”
Highlights of the First Selectman’s recommended budget include:
• A total Town increase of 1.64%--the fourth year in a row of declining increases and the lowest increase in the last fifteen years.
• A Town-side increase of only .77% increase over last year—this is the lowest Town-side budget increase in twenty years.
• Full support for the Board of Education requested increase of 3.29%.
• The new mill rate represents an increase of $140 for a home with a median assessed value of $350,000.
• A full funding of our Pension and Retiree Medical (OPEB) obligations.
• A strengthening of our financial reserves with a $650,000 Contribution to Surplus.
• An increase to our Senior and Disabled Tax Relief program.
This proposed budget does not cut funding for education or school security and it restores money to the Town’s library and paving. The First Selectman is recommending additional support for the Conservation Department, Finance Department and School Nurses.
The Town’s due diligence in managing cost drivers is resulting in decreases in pension, debt service, OPEB and workers compensation expenses. The commitment of the Town’s employees and managers to work together has helped minimize expense growth.
First Selectman Tetreau further stated, “I want to recognize the dedication and commitment of our Town departments heads and managers as well as our CFO and our Finance Department for their diligence in minimizing the increases in this budget while maintaining our Town’s high level of services. I want to especially thank our labor unions for working with us to keep our long term costs under control.”
The public is encouraged to attend the budget hearings or view them on FairTV at http://www.fairfieldct.org/FairTV, the Town’s government channel that tapes Town meetings.
The photo shows CFO Bob Mayer and First Selectman Mike Tetreau discussing the budget.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Hazardous Waste Collection Day: Saturday, August 28, 2021
9am - 2pm at Veteran's Park - 909 Reef Road
The Town of Fairfield hosts its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on a Saturday in late August at Veteran's Park to provide you with the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at no charge. Just load up your car and your car will be emptied for you. There's no need to get out of your vehicle. See more details below.
For information on disposing of hazardous waste all other times of the year, please visit our Hazardous Waste webpage.
What is Collected
Please click here to view a list of what household materials are accepted and which ones are not.
If you have only antifreeze, motor oil or automotive batteries, you can take them directly to the Transfer Station.
There is a specific traffic pattern for the Collection Day. There will be signage posted. Police and volunteers will also be on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
To access the site proceed as follows:
- From Old Post Road or Oldfield Road turn onto Rowland Road
- At the third stop sign turn right onto Edward Street
- Proceed to drop off site at Veterans Park
- Signage is posted and police and volunteers are on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
A few tips for transporting your hazardous waste to the collection site:
- Don't mix hazardous wastes. Keep waste in their original containers if possible.
- Keep hazardous waste away from children and animals.
- Don't smoke in the vehicle.
- For safety reasons, there will be no walk-in drop-offs on Collection Day.
Chemicals from around the home, workshop or garden shed may contain substances which are difficult to dispose of safely. Your effort will help protect our Town's environment and our region's water supply.
The Town needs volunteers from 8:30 - 11:30 or 11:00 - 2:00 on Collection Day. Volunteers will not be handling any hazardous waste. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.
For more information on Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.