UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Fairfield's bills from flock of outside legal eagles soar

Monday, March 26, 2012

Fairfield's bills from flock of outside legal eagles soar

During a year in which town officials hired a phalanx of outside lawyers, one thorny issue remains in the wake of the legal eagles. Their bills. In the current fiscal year that ends June 30, bills from outside law firms piled up for issues including the investigation into multimillion-dollar cost overruns for the Fairfield Metro train station, as well as an avalanche of property tax appeals and six different municipal employee contract negotiations. Costs that were orginally estimated to be $537,000 in the 2011-12 budget have ballooned to $720,718. And that number is not expected to decline all that much for the coming fiscal year. The legal services budget request is $703,000, a 30.19 percent increase over the initially requested amount this year, and $700,000 of that is for lawyer fees."This is a substantial jump," Selectman James Walsh said at a recent joint budget meeting with the finance and selectmen boards. READ MORE: http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/news/article/Fairfield-s-bills-from-flock-of-outside-legal-3434884.php

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