Welcome to the official web site for the Town of Fairfax!
Garrett Toy joined the Town of Fairfax as Town Manager on February 4, 2013.
In the midst of this economic downturn, Fairfax is holding as steady as possible among Marin cities on sales and property tax revenues, the largest of the Town’s revenue sources. The Town has made some major structural changes to the budget over the past few years. Most notably, the Town has reduced overall compensation to all employees who have agreed to pay a portion of their retirement benefits. Beginning July 1, 2012, all employees are paying 5% of the employee portion of their retirement benefits out of pocket. The total employee portion is 8% for non-safety employees and 9% for safety employees.
Please let us know if you have any comments, questions, or concerns on any matters facing the Town by emailing the Town at email@example.com
Measure D – Local Sales Tax Measure
Thank you to all residents who voted in favor of Measure D in November 2011, the local sales tax measure. We know this was not an easy decision given the economic times. The Town deeply appreciates the willingness of the public to fund essential public safety, public works and other Town services.
Measure D will add about $200,000 of new revenue per year for five years to the Town budget (of a total operating budget of about $7 million) beginning on April 1, 2012. The local one half cent sales tax will be charged only in Fairfax and all the revenue goes directly to Fairfax and cannot be taken by the State or any other agency. Please remind folks to shop locally so we can keep our local sales tax in Fairfax!
Responsibilities of the Town Manager
The Town Manager is appointed by the Town Council and carries out the policies enacted by the Town Council and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Town government. Specific duties include preparing an annual budget for the Town Council and managing all the Town functions which include police, public works, planning, building inspection, code enforcement, and parks and recreation programming.
Town Hall is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00pm. We are closed to the public on Fridays.
The cities and towns of Marin County jointly contract with Emanuels Jones & Associates for legislative advocacy services. Working with the Legislative Committee of the Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers (MCCMC), Emanuels Jones reviews all legislative bills for their impact on Marin and takes action of specific proposals. This work includes advocating for the protection of local revenues during the state’s budget process, preserving local control on housing and other issues, and advancing other legislative issues of interest to Marin. The advocate coordinates visits to the Capitol to meet with and talk to state legislators and other state officials.
The City of San Rafael acts as the lead agency for the purpose of the agreement, but all cities and towns share the cost apportioned by assessed value and population. The total current two-year contract for the 2015 and 2016 calendar years is $75,600. To see a copy of the agreement, please click here.
In addition, the cities and towns of Marin County share the cost of a part-time legislative analyst to assist the Legislative Committee. The total annual cost for this contract is $7,000; each municipality contributes $636.
Garrett Toy, Town Manager
Fairfax Town Hall
142 Bolinas Road
Fairfax, CA 94930