Local Government

Disclaimer from Troy Town News

From the Issue: 
March 2010
TROY TOWN NEWS feels informed voters make intelligent choices.  To that end, TTN invited candidates for town offices and other interested parties to submit short statements in order to introduce themselves and their positions to the voters. Candidate statements are run without editing and with no endorsement from TTN.

CEMETERY TRUSTEE TWO YEARS

From the Issue: 
March 2010
Hi, I’m Cindy Satas and I am running for the Position of Cemetery Trustee for Two Years.  The Cemetery Trustees are elected to maintain the cemeteries placed under their management.   The Town of Troy has two different types of Trust Funds relating to the cemeteries; the Perpetual Care Trust Fund and General Maintenance Trust Fund.  The Perpetual Care Trust Fund is by far the largest held by the Trustees of the Trust Funds.  The income is used only for the maintenance of a specified lot.  Herein is the problem facing the Town.  The available plans and deeds to document the sale of cemetery lots are currently held in file cabinet drawers.  The Select Board, following the advice of Terry Knowles, from the State Attorney General’s Office, has requested an accounting of all the cemetery lots; when they were sold, to whom, and if the cost included perpetual care. 

WRITE-IN CANDIDATE

From the Issue: 
March 2010
I am a write-in candidate for the Zoning Board of Adjustment, 1 year term, and for the Budget Committee, 2 year term  As usual , not enough Troy residents have filed to run for a number of the committee openings this year, so I would like to do my part for the Town by running as a write-in candidate for these two positions. I have had a three year term on the Planning Board, which gives me familiarity with many of the issues the ZBA faces, and I have served on the Budget Committee on two occasions. I have also served as a Library trustee for six years. I would appreciate your taking the time to write me in on election day, March 9.

MIKE CUMMINGS FOR SELECTMAN

From the Issue: 
March 2010
My name is Robert "Mike" Cummings, I'm pleased to announce that I am running for town Selectmen.  My wife Nancy and I have lived in Troy for the past 19 years.  During that time 1 have served as a member on the Board of Adjustment, Planning Board and Budget Committee. Through this service, I gained valuable knowledge of the inner workings of our Town.  More importantly, it offered me the opportunity to get to know many of our residents and understand their needs.

As your Selectmen, I will work hard to balance the needs of our Town as a whole, with those of the individual tax payer I’ll maintain an open door policy by making myself available to answer your questions, address your concerns and give meaningful consideration to your suggestions.  I'll make decisions based on factual information, good common sense and sound judgment.  I look forward to serving the residents of our town as your Selectmen.  Please let your voice be heard, vote on March 9th.

AARON PATT FOR SELECTMAN

From the Issue: 
March 2010
My name is Aaron Patt and I’ve been your Selectman for seven years.  I’m asking for your support for reelection for another three-year term.  As your Selectman I have held Town government accountable for your tax dollars and will continue to do so my next term.  I am committed to making sure your taxes are fair and equitable.  Homeowners and taxpayers expect town departments & town government to use tax funds wisely.  After all it’s your tax dollars.  We all want our taxes to be lower and I will, as your Selectman, continue to help minimize your tax bill by managing the town’s finances, and giving back to you, the taxpayer.

PROPERTY TAX VOTE

From the Issue: 
March 2010
March is upon us and with it comes the annual Town meeting where the people of Troy will vote to accept or change the operating budget for 2010. This makes up an important part of our property taxes. In the past, many of the changes to the budget were increases in spending. Twelve months ago, I was elected to the Select Board office and discovered several things.

First the Bad News
Troy Property taxes are high.
Troy is paying off heavy debts (Bonds) used for the creation of Water and Sewer and land fill operations.
Troy has other income from Meals & Room Tax and Business Profit Tax that the State government not only wanted, but did take from us.
With the loss of income taken by the State, the Troy budget would have major problems. 

SELECTMEN'S UPDATE

From the Issue: 
February 2010
Twenty ten?  Two thousand and ten.  Somehow I can’t get my mind around the date.  I still catch myself thinking I have to start getting ready for 2010. And by the time you read this it will be February already.  This year is shaping up to be substantially different than 2009.  We’re working hard to deliver a workable budget for the year despite the ongoing pressures from the economy and a big reduction of our revenues that the State voted into their budget this past July.

TOWN CLERK NEWS

From the Issue: 
February 2010
The 2010 dog tags are in!!  All dogs must be registered by April 30th every year.  The fees are:  Male/Female $9, Spayed/Neutered $6.50, Seniors $2 for the first dog.  If you have recently updated your dog’s rabies shot please bring the paper proving that with you.

RABIES CLINIC.  The Town of Troy Animal Control Officer and Veterinarian Donna M. Harwood will be holding a rabies clinic on Saturday March 27, 2010 from 9 AM to 12 noon at the Town Hall.  The cost is $10 per shot.  For your convenience, the Town Clerk’s Office will be open also so that you can license your dog at the same time.

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