Ridgefield is in good shape financially. We have enviable AAA bond ratings, a well-resourced fund balance (not too high, not too low, liked by the ratings agencies), stable revenue, grants for improvements, a well-managed town, moderate/stable tax rates, a plan for economic development, and a new Equity theater. We have abatements and programs for senior citizens and veterans. We have money in the rainy-day fund for local catastrophes (such as hurricanes Irma or Sandy). Feels good, doesn’t it?
Why are we in the kind of financial condition your doctor would call “tip-top”? Because for the past six years the Democratic majority on the Board of Finance (currently Ulmer, Mancini and Sean Connelly) have led with vision, skill and a willingness to collaborate with the boards of Selectmen and Education. Not just for today but also for the long term. For everybody, including seniors and empty-nesters, parents, businesses, entrepreneurs, and new neighbors.