UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: No answers at Fairfield tax meeting for seniors, interruptions abound for Tetreau

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

No answers at Fairfield tax meeting for seniors, interruptions abound for Tetreau

Kate Daniello, the founder of “We the People” a group that wants lower taxes, has changed the name of her group to “Fairfield for Good Government” saying she wants to develop a better relationship with the town government, one with a more cooperative spirit. Cooperation was not the buzzword when the group met at the Scandinavian Club on South Pine Creek last Thursday evening. Interruptions insured that First Selectman Mike Tetreau didn’t finish his presentation, one that had been billed by Daniello as “some creative ideas he wants to share” about tax relief for seniors. Nor did Daniello ask the group to give Tetreau a chance to finish. In fact, after Tetreau left, Daniello thanked the seniors for sharing their thoughts with him. The first selectman said later, “Those are people that are feeling the pain and I sympathize with what they’re going through.” He told the group of roughly 50 people that the goal was that “No senior should move out of Fairfield because of their taxes.” Seniors told him variously that if you’re 85 years old, you shouldn’t have to pay any taxes. Or, one man said that the town didn’t need a $400,000 ball field and it needed a third train station like it needed a hole in the head. As Tetreau handed out a sheet of paper describing major portions of the budget, one woman said, “We’ve had pieces of paper all our lives. This is your problem.” She continued, “This is our problem: taxes are escalating at a height that is unreasonable.”
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