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 are assessed on the square footage of each leasehold.
Committees & Officers Election Mar 27
Voting takes place at the March Town Meeting. For more about the election and how to request an Absentee Ballot, see Election of Arden Committee Members & Officers on the Registration Committee’s Election Procedures and Records page.
• DRAFT BALLOT The latest list of nominees, updated periodically through March 6. Several committees still need nominees. Please consider running.
• CANDIDATE STATEMENTS Find out who the candidates are, their skills and interests, and why they are running for a particular committee. Posts will be added as they are received.
• FOR NOMINEES: TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF If you are running for a committee, you are encouraged to post a statement. Simply click on the link and fill out the form.
See the REGISTRATION PAGE (under Committees) to learn more about elections in the Village of Arden.