Jon Zagrodzky State of the Town 2018

Biggest Factors in Upcoming Tax Rates and Spending: Finance Board Chairman Jon Zagrodzky’s State of the Town Address

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Without notes, but with a set of 30 slides, Board of Finance Chairman Jon Zagrodzky told the Representative Town Meeting how he and his board are looking at the town’s financial prospects and what factors matter most in how budgets and taxes will be decided on in the next several years. State decisions on whether to impose teacher pensions would have a huge impact on town taxes, Zagrodzky said, as would any significant rises in health insurance costs — and he provided specific numbers showing how a roughly typical homeowner’s taxes would rise. Barring some huge events like those — which town officials have no direct control over, he said he and the Board of Finance thought the town likely should have no more than a 3 percent increase in spending this year. Seth Morton, the moderator of the Representative Town Meeting called Zagrodzky’s speech “probably the finest presentation I’ve ever seen here. […] I don’t editorialize during this, normally, but I think that deserves some mention.”

John Sini State of the Town 2018

Planning and Zoning Chairman John Sini’s State of the Town Address

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Thank you, Mister Moderator. Good evening everyone, I am John Sini, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Thanks to Town Officials During a Busy Year
Before I commence with my update, I would like to extend my thanks to my fellow commissioners for all their hard work and dedication: Steve Olvany, our vice chair, Kevin Cunningham, our secretary and the commission’s longest serving member; as well as Jim Rand, Liz Riva, and Jennifer Leahy. As many of you know, the applications can be complex, our public hearings can be emotive and our meetings often run late into the evening. I deeply appreciate how well commission members work together in order to reach a fair consensus within our legal bounds.

Tara Ochman State of the Town 2018

Board of Education Chairperson Tara Ochman’s State of the Town Address

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Here’s the text of Darien Board of Education Chairperson Tara Ochman’s “State of the Town” address, as prepared, one of several delivered Monday night to the Representative Town Meeting:

Mr. Moderator, members of the RTM, and the community of Darien. I am honored to stand here before you to tonight on behalf of the Board of Education to update you on our work. This discussion really begins in previous budget years. We all spend hours of time creating a plan for Darien, balancing needs, having critical conversations and believing in what Darien is, and can be. As a board, we believe that education is the key to preparing our children to participate in their future and we are steadfast in the belief that an educated society leads to the betterment of society.

Jayme Stevenson 05-09-17

State of the Town Address by First Selectman Jayme Stevenson

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Here’s the full text, as prepared, of First Selectman Jayme Stevenson’s State of the Town Address before the Representative Town Meeting and other town officials Monday night (Darienite will publish the other addresses from that night, as they are sent in.):

Good evening Mr. Moderator, members of the RTM and my fellow elected and appointed colleagues. Would the new RTM members please stand so we can welcome you appropriately!