October 9, 2013
I feel misled by the County Council waiting for the anticipated audit of the LOST taxes that were to give all property owners the final numbers that were to come to explain the reason for our property taxes not going down since 2006 nor seeing any reduction. There is nothing there or so we were told during the special meeting onSeptember 30, 2013. Actually, there was no audit done at all. The LOST taxes were looked at and per Elliot Davis, the annual auditors of Fairfield County,we are owed nothing from the past taxes collected except for the last year in the amount of $805,000 plus dollars which will be forthcoming on next year’s property tax bills due to the late nature of the findings.
It is in the audit findings for three of the past five years that revenues were up due to increases in millage rates yet the LOST tax revenues have not given property owners any relief at all. The Fairfield County Council has not addressed the increase in property taxes even though the LOST funds have been in excess of $1 million a year and the revenues received by the VC Summer have been in the millions.
We are truly “lost” and the decisions and explanations given by our County Council do not add up in my book. The people of Fairfield County must continue to monitor, double check and question all money received and spent by this council. Fairfield County is behind the 8 ball on vision, planning, expansion and a true vision for a prosperous county. Check out the vehicles leaving the nuclear plant every day, they are leaving Fairfield County in droves, not buying homes, putting their children in schools, opening businesses but leaving our county with the money they make. The future of Fairfield County does not look good and we need to make changes, starting with our decision makers.