On Monday night, town leaders will gather at the Representative Town Meeting for the annual “State of the Town.”

If you are new to town, or just don’t really have time or interest to pay attention to town politics and business, you might not know what that means.

The State of the Town, along with the budget vote, is probably the most important RTM meeting of the year. It is critical information for the RTM, but even moreso, it is critical information for those who live in Darien, as residents and taxpayers. It is critical for RTM members to make every effort to be present on behalf of their districts.

On Monday, First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, Board of Finance Chairman Jon Zagrodzky, Planning & Zoning Chairman John Sini, and Board of Education Chairman Tara Ochman will stand before the RTM and residents and update all on the state of Darien.

Each will update all on the part of town over which they preside through 2018 and what they expect to come in 2019.

This meeting is especially important for those who say they feel out of touch with what Darien government is doing. Some at a recent town meeting about Pear Tree Point Beach renovations said they were unaware of the plans and that there hadn’t been enough effort to keep them informed.

This is a brief and digestible government primer on not only what each Darien arm is responsible for, but a bulleted list of what they have accomplished in the last year, and what they plan to accomplish. There are many critical items in every single board and commission, and the State of the Town is giving you the highlights of a year of each one’s meetings — conveniently at one time and in one place.

The four parts of town leadership coming together — to educate us on town management, finance, land use and zoning, and education — are critical as the town’s budget season once again looms.

It is the only time it happens throughout the year, so whether you can attend, watch on Channel 79, or follow up on DarienTimes.com and in print, or follow us on Twitter.com/darientimes, — if you care about the town in which you live, make sure to listen, and learn.

The State of the Town will be on Monday, Dec. 10, in the Town Hall auditorium at 8 p.m. If you can’t go or watch it live, it will be rebroadcast.

We all lead busy lives, but there is no excuse not to make yourself an educated resident, taxpayer and voter about how Darien works and what its future holds.

Choosing not to do so leaves those in the dark with no one to blame but themselves.