Letter: Board of Finance chairman’s comments informative not offensive

To the Editor:

At the author’s request, the Darien Times printed a letter from SEPAC to the Darien Board of Finance chairman.  They claimed his remarks at the State of the Town address were inaccurate, offensive, and divisive. The alleged inaccuracies were not cited.  I happened to watch the broadcast live on Channel 79 and wasn’t offended. I simply felt better informed.

I feel that Darien property taxes since 2011 have increased at an unsustainable rate.   I wanted to know what was driving the increases.

There are many factors. But it makes sense to discuss the town’s largest expenditure (education) and the most visible increase within education (special education).  I recognize many of these expenditures are mandated by law but it is important to understand how these items impact every resident’s tax liability.

It’s easy to advocate for increases in public education but having the community pay for them in a sustainable way is more difficult. As the acting Chair of The Board of Finance, Mr. Zagrodsky shouldn’t be derided for highlighting this difficult task.  Do seniors living on a fixed income while paying increasingly higher taxes also find him offensive?

I appreciate the time volunteered by Mr. Zagrodzky and the Board of Finance. Without  their dedication, the town would struggle to fund enduring high quality programs.

Todd Howell

Darien