Town Budget 2017-2018

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UPDATE: How and Why Education Spending Is Up by 2.16% — Explanations From Town Officials

Dennis Maroney RTM Education Committee 05-11-17
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Editor’s note: Here are three more statements from Monday’s votes approving the town education budget. All are marked “Update” below. They give a better picture on what town officials think of school spending. Several town officials spoke with prepared comments to the Representative Town Meeting about the education budget, with all of them defending it as, overall a good budget. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Finance Board Chairman Zagrodzky on the Town Budget’s Pressures, Risks, Strengths

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If Hartford cuts Darien’s last remaining big grant or imposes mandates on the town that are unknown so far, Darien has fiscal resources to either avoid tax increases or minimize them, Board of Finance Chairman Jon Zagrodzky told the Representative Meeting on Monday. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Board of Finance Approves Budget That Would Raise Taxes 2.46%

Board of Finance Charneski 04-12-17
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The Board of Finance approved a $145.3 million town operating budget and $6.7 million capital budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, which town officials calculate would lead to a new tax rate of $16.16 per $1,000 of assessed value — an increase of 2.46 percent. Board of Finance Proposed Budget at a Glance

Capital, non-recurring budget: $6,710,656
Town operating budget:  $49,429,285
Education operating budget: $95,874,776
Town & education budgets (total): $145,394,061
Grand List (tax base) as of Oct. 1, 2016: $8,512,539,479
Mill rate (tax rate): $16.16 (per $1,000 of assessed value), 0.39 above this year’s $15.77 (a 2.46 percent increase)

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Darien Library: We Need to Pay Our Librarians Better

Darien Library 04-05-17
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Darien Library wants to increase the salaries of its librarians by 5 percent across the board this year and keep on increasing them at a rate higher than inflation next year, the organization’s director told the Board of Finance on Tuesday. The reason: Darien Library isn’t paying salaries that nearby libraries are offering, and it’s making it difficult to recruit and retain librarians.  (more…) Continue Reading →

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Town Administrator’s $47.4 Million Budget Proposal Calls for 1.26% Spending Increase

Budget 19 01-24-17
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The town budget (not including education spending) would increase 1.26 percent under the proposal presented by Town Administrator Kathleen Buch on Tuesday night to the Board of Selectmen. In total, the proposed budget would increase by $588,452, to $47,424,286. (more…) Continue Reading →

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