Facing prolonged uncertainty at the state level and a new federal tax code, Darien Town Administrator Kate Buch has proposed a flat budget for the upcoming fiscal year at the request of the Board of Selectmen. The town administrator’s budget requests $45,980,169 for the 2018-19 fiscal year and will be reviewed by the Board of Selectmen over the course of the next two weeks.
The town’s operational budget represents about a quarter of Darien’s annual spending, funding town departments, emergency personnel and the Darien Library, among other essential services. In comparison, the Darien Public School system accounts for roughly two-thirds of the overall budget. With the town no longer expecting any state grant support, leaders on both sides are working to ensure the current level of Darien’s public services are maintained.