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Darien passes 2014 budget

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Catherine W. Idzerda
November 19, 2013

DARIEN—A change in the way Darien provides police services and a self-supporting water and sewer system helped officials here keep spending down.

On Monday, the Darien Village Board approved a $1.17 million budget for 2014. The budget is less than a 1 percent increase in total spending.

That translates to a tax rate of $13.95 per $1,000 of assessed value on a home.

Village Administrator Diana Dykstra said a variety of factors drove this year's budget.

On the positive side of the balance sheet were the changes to police services. The village contracted with the city of Delavan to provide 24-hour police coverage, and that reduced costs. In addition, this is the first year the village has not had to subsidize its sewer department.

On the other side of the balance sheet, the village saw its state-shared revenues decline $3,836. In addition, the value of the taxable property in the village has declined since 2009. Lower property values tend to drive rates up, even if spending doesn't increase significantly.

Spending is broken down into eight categories. Public safety makes up 39 percent of the budget, general government accounts for 21 percent and public works takes up 19 percent.

About 3 percent of the budget is used for a contingency fund and 12 percent is debt service. The rest goes into culture and recreation, conservation and development and health and human services.



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