Fairfield Board of Selectmen
FIRST SELECTMAN MICHAEL C. TETREAU
From the Desk of First Selectman Tetreau,
When I look back on my term in office, I find there is a lot that we have accomplished and a lot we have to do. We must continue to work together to keep our community fiscally strong and a great value for all who live here.
Fiscal Responsibility Track Record
We have maintained and strengthened our AAA rating throughout the financial turbulence brought on by the Great Recession and the very significant cuts to municipal aid from the state. I was one of the leaders in the fight to successfully stop the plan to transfer state pension costs to our towns. In spite of these challenges, we have been able to achieve:
• The lowest tax increase over a six-year period in last 30 years.
• One of the lowest mill rates in Fairfield County.
• Maintaining our services in order to minimize the impact on our citizens.
We have made a major commitment to be a leader in sustainability. We have a Sustainability Task Force and a Sustainability Plan for our town. We have joined the Sustainable CT and the Sustainable Fairfield County programs. These initiatives are good for the environment, the economy, and our taxpayers. We have over 30 solar installations in town, which dramatically lower our cost of electrical power. Our wide use of sustainable fuels also saves our town more money each year.
We have a major focus on our senior citizens. There are a record number of members using our Bigelow Center for Senior Activities. We have improved programs, expanded hours, and increased investments in the Bigelow Center. We have increased support for Senior Tax Relief and have protected our seniors from the state-level cuts to the Elderly and Disabled Tax Credit program.
We have established the Fairfield County 5 - five towns joining together to recruit tri-state area businesses to Fairfield and Fairfield County. We have made it a priority to strategically and thoughtfully grow our Grand List, especially our commercial tax base. We have initiated our first ever Town Strategic Plan. We have supported the expansion at the Fairfield Theatre Company, the new & innovative programs at the Fairfield Museum, and the Burr Mansion renovation.
Despite reductions in state aid and a turbulent economy, we have provided full support for our school district. We are continuing our commitment to renovation of schools and educational facilities. We are committed to maintaining the investment in our outstanding school system.
As we look to the future, we have a number of priorities:
• To complete our Strategic Plan.
• To focus on growing Fairfield's value and keeping Fairfield affordable for all our citizens.
• To focus on the strategic growing of Fairfield's Grand List.
• To continue managing our costs and our taxes.
• To continue investing in Fairfield's high quality education system. This is the #1 reason people choose Fairfield to live.
• To continue to build Fairfield's sustainability and resilience.
We have a strong foundation to meet the challenges ahead. We have a long history, a great heritage, and the commitment to be a leader in our state. Fairfield is going to face some very significant challenges in the next few years and we need to continue to work together to set an example for the rest of our state. I am committed to continuing the job that I have started to maintain Fairfield's strong financial foundation and to protect our quality of life. We must continue to keep Fairfield the best value in Connecticut.