About Town

How do you measure fiscal stability? Why is this important?

Consider that not all towns and cities are alike. Populations differ. Some have robust tax bases. Others do not. What else?

Such places with access to the train (in Fairfield County) have higher home prices and lower mill rates.

In the end, for example, do Westport (a commuting hub and shopping mecca), and Weston (in the woods), pay the same total amount in property taxes per household?

We all cannot stay sequestered in a bubble forever.

We have to be able to get around safely. Either by car or on foot. Which is why the “sidewalk” plan for the center of town is, in my opinion, a good thing.

But how do people get to work? What if a town is not on a “mass transit” line? Do they have that access to transportation infrastructure?

Yes, but by automobile.

How about availability of infrastructure such as sewers and public water? Traditional thinking always maintained this makes possible more dense development.

Might higher population densities attract retail, commercial and industrial tax paying uses?

I’m not so sure this traditional thought carries weight now, as COVID-19 tightens its grip on our lifestyle.

At the Tri-Board meeting last week and Board of Finance Special meeting that followed two days later, we got some facts.

Number one for me was the expressed need to maintain the Town roads to a level of good repair. There is now a plan and a recommendation approved by the Selectmen for action I think we should take.

If for no other reason that school busses need safe roads to transport children to school.

To our unified School Road campus in the center of town, the “heart” of Weston.

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