Who Does What and Why? How the Community Club and the City Work Together

Who Pays for Our Roads and Why

Who Does What and Why?

How the Community Club and the City Work Together


In many ways Fairfield Bay is a city that operates in reverse.  Many of the services that are routinely provided by city government are supported by Community Club dues and fees.  Why this anomaly?

The simple answer is that the Community of Fairfield Bay came first and the City came much later.  Fairfield Properties Inc. started Fairfield Bay as a private enterprise in 1966. This was their first project.  The Company built the roads, laid out the sewer system, started to build modest homes and began an aggressive marketing and sales program.  The Company began to provide the necessary public services and amenities that residents expect.   While times were good and the future bright, the Fairfield Company expanded quickly, moving aggressively into established destination locations. They were early developers in the time share business.

By the mid-eighties the Company was overextended; its fortunes began to wane.  In Fairfield Bay the Company could no longer offer the enticements that had lured so many people to buy property.  The Company had more infrastructure than it could afford to maintain; miles of unimproved roads were left to the forces of nature.  The good times of Fairfield Properties, Inc. in the Bay were coming to an end. Eventually the Company had to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 11.

In 1992 the bankruptcy court awarded the infrastructure and amenities to the Fairfield Bay Community Club.  Prior to that time, the Community Club was a property owners association in name only.  The POA Board was controlled by Fairfield Properties, Inc.

Faced with the management and maintenance of its roads, sewer system, and amenities, the Community Club was forced to create an administrative structure, levy dues and fees, and begin to manage itself.  But there was a problem.  The Community Club couldn’t generate enough money to maintain its infrastructure that included 75 miles of paved roads and a 48 mile long sewer system.  It was immediately obvious that a legal structure and additional funding that comes with being a municipality was needed. Fairfield Bay became a second class city in 1993.  With its new status came limited public funding to help maintain the infrastructure and necessary services.

Today approximately 30% of the recurring funds to manage and maintain Fairfield Bay come from the City.  Community Club dues and fees generate the rest.  Over the years, the Club and City have devised a variety of ways in which they work together to get the most from the funds available.