In a few months, the cold weather we are experiencing will be a faint, bitter memory.
Leaves will be returning to the trees, and spring bulbs will be exploding into yellow daffodils and red tulips.
And the budget that has just begun to evolve on the school side, and the one about to be discussed on the town side, will come before the Representative Town Meeting for approval.
In May, discussions about the budget are always lively and heated, but often, they include questions that could have been answered had officials, or even the public, taken the time to research and attend budget meetings along the way.
Now is the time for those elected by their constituents to have a voice on the town’s budget to get to work.
No one finds sitting through hours of sifting through budget detail the ideal way to spend an evening, but in order to be fully-informed, it is necessary.
Arguably, the budget process is one of the most important aspects of being an elected town official, and could be the most important role the RTM plays in town government.
There will be many opportunities to learn what makes up Darien budgets between now and May 13. Asking questions is the right thing to do, but ask them now.
Waiting until the last minute to educate oneself on the budget before voting is not only obvious to others who have taken the time to learn — it is irresponsible and a disservice to the town.
The town should be grateful to the many public officials who work hard to serve their constituents and make educated decisions.
Be one of them.