New Fairfield is known for its excellent schools, reasonable taxes, good recreational facilities, and great commuting routes to Westchester and lower Fairfield County. Located on the shore of Lake Candlewood, it is a place of uncommon natural beauty in all seasons.
Located on the New York border, with the City of Danbury to the south, the Town of Sherman to the north, and Candlewood Lake to the east, New Fairfield is a community of approximately 14,000 residents, and 25.1 square miles. It was incorporated in 1740. It is the home of Squantz Pond State Park and Candlewood Lake. It is a well known summer vacation community. Major commuting routes include State Routes 37 and 39 and Milltown Road from New York State.
Form of Government
The Town of New Fairfield has a Selectmen - Town Meeting form of government. The executive body of the town is a three member Board of Selectmen elected every two years. The First Selectman is the chief executive officer of the town and serves as an ex-officio member of all boards and commissions, without a vote. The First Selectman is a full time, paid employee who manages the day to day operations of the Town. The other two Selectmen are paid a small stipend for their service, but do not maintain full time offices in the town. The Town Meeting is the legislative body of the town. All registered voters and property owners with over $1000 of assessed property on the last completed grand list are eligible to vote at Town Meetings. There is an annual Town Meeting in May of every year to approve the annual budget. Other Special Town Meetings are called by the Selectmen from time to time.