Town Budget & Finances

Annual Budget Process

The budget process for the Town of Darien is guided by Chapter XI, Section 39 of the Town Charter.   All annual budgets are recommended by the Board of Selectmen (BOS) and the Board of Education (BOE) to the Board of Finance (BOF).  Following careful review, the BOF recommends final budgets for approval by the Representative Town Meeting (RTM).  The Charter requires adoption of the budget by the RTM at the Annual Budget Meeting held the second Monday of May.  Per Section 39(d) of the Town Charter, the RTM, at the Annual Budget Meeting, may only approve or decrease the appropriations or mill rate submitted by the Board of Finance. 

The budget deliberation process begins when the Department requests are submitted to the Town Administrator in the fall.  The major milestones in the budget process, with dates for the FY 2025 budget, are as follows:

Town Administrator’s Proposed Budget submitted to the BOS

January 29, 2024

BOS and BOE recommendations presented to the BOF (First Tuesday of March)

March 5, 2024

BOF Public Hearing 

(Second Tuesday of March)

March 12, 2024

BOF budget vote

April 9, 2024

RTM vote at the Annual Budget Meeting 

(Second Monday in May)

May 13, 2024

Budget Meeting Schedule

Meetings occur at Town Hall and are broadcast by TV79.

Board of Selectmen Meetings

  • Monday January 29, 2024 5:30 PM, Room 206
  • Tuesday January 30, 2024 5:30 PM, Room 206
  • Wednesday January 31, 2024 7:00 PM, Room 206
  • Monday February 5, 2024, 7:00 PM, Room 206
  • Tuesday February 6, 2024 7:00 PM, Room 206
  • Wednesday February 7, 2024 7:00 PM, Room 206

Board of Finance Meetings

  • Tuesday March 5, 2024 7:30 PM, Room 206
  • Tuesday March 12, 2024 7:30 PM, Auditorium (Public Hearing)
  • Tuesday March 26, 2024 7:30 PM, Room 206
  • Tuesday April 2, 2024 7:30 PM, Room 206
  • Thursday April 4, 2024 7:30 PM, Room 206
  • Tuesday April 9, 2024 7:30 PM, Room 206

RTM Budget Meeting

  • Monday May 13, 2024 8:00 PM, Auditorium

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Review the following to explore proposed budgets, current year budget and year-to-date activity, and major capital projects: