On Friday, the state legislature’s Planning & Development Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 7319, An Act Concerning The Fiscal Independence Of School Districts.
The bill requires local and regional school districts with fewer than 15,000 students to become taxing authorities, separate from any municipality.
The bill was introduced by the Planning & Development Committee and is applicable to Darien and all local and regional school districts in the state, except for five: Hartford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Waterbury and Stamford.
For Darien, it would mean the town could no longer assess or collect taxes for the purpose of providing educational services. The school taxing district would have its own assessors and collectors.
First Selectman Jayme Stevenson forwarded the below testimony that was submitted in opposition to the bill, signed by various elected town officials listed at the end: