Since 2008, the Town of Fairfield has provided public access to town government by taping and airing town government and education meetings over Channels 79 and 78, respectively. And in March 2012, it got even better: live broadcasts of meetings of the Boards of Finance, Selectmen and Education, as well as Representative Town Meeting. The hope, as time goes by, is to add the live streaming video to Fair TV online, as well.

Yet annually, this most basic foundation of government -- information -- sits vulnerable, waiting to find out if grants to fund its operation will be available, and in what amount, from an area council, vying with six other towns for support. No town budget support has historically been available.

Fair TV has proven valuable to Fairfield citizens. It is time to make it permanent by providing a budget line for its operation and development. This has been proposed by its chairman, Jim Kennelly, and supported by the first selectman, Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance.

The Fairfield League of Women Voters has spent the last year studying the background and best practices of public-access television in Fairfield County and beyond. It commends and supports this proposal for providing Fair TV with the stability it needs to perform the vital tasks it provides to the Town of Fairfield and its citizenry.

Charlotte Garrell

Fairfield League

of Women Voters