The Village of Arden was founded in 1900 as a utopian, single-tax community based on the economic philosophy of Henry George. It is still noted for its arts, crafts, music, and theater. Half the land is forests and greens, which are not taxed. As a “Tree City USA”, our tree canopy is 73%. The village is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Arden has a town-meeting form of government. With 197 leaseholds and about 500 residents, it is the oldest and largest of the three villages known as The Ardens: Arden, Ardentown, and Ardencroft. Each has a separate municipal government.
The communal land in each village, such as the woods and greens, is owned by each municipality while the land leased out for dwellings is owned by a trust; that is, people own their houses but pay rent on their leaseholds in the form of taxes. Those taxes — land rent — cover village, county, and local school expenses and is assessed on the square footage of each leasehold.
Assessors & Budget Elections Results
The vote count was completed on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. There was 70% participation; the entire budget passed; and, using the Hare System of Proportional Representation, seven assessors were elected. See the REGISTRATION PAGE (under Committees) for detailed results or to learn more about elections in the Village of Arden.