About the Village of Arden, Delaware
The Village of Arden was founded in 1900 as a Single Tax community based on the economic philosophy of Henry George, as well as the Arts and Crafts movement of William Morris and the Garden City movement of Ebenezer Howard. 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.
Budget Referendum & Assessors Ballots in the mail Oct. 11
Watch your mailbox for Election Materials for the Arden fall referendum. If you do not receive your ballots by Oct. 14, contact the Registration Committee. All residents over 18 years of age should receive ballots. You no longer need to be a resident for 6 months to qualify to vote in Arden elections; if you live here and you are 18 or older, you can vote. Ballots must be returned by Thursday, Nov. 3, when they will be counted at the Buzz Ware Village Center. See the REGISTRATION PAGE (under Committees) to learn more about elections in the Village of Arden.
Assessor Candidates: Read their statements
There are 16 candidates for 7 positions on the 2017 Board of Assessors. Read about who they are and what they hope to contribute to the Board. Click here to download their statements.