Local Government

TROY PLANNING BOARD

From the Issue: 
February 2010
Residents of Troy recognize and appreciate the natural beauty of our town.  The Troy Planning Board, comprised of elected officers, has been working diligently to develop guidelines that will preserve the rural character and natural wonders that grace our town.  With the inevitable growth of our community, comes the risk of losing our identity to a pattern of unplanned, inefficient housing subdivisions.  To protect the integrity of our community, the Planning Board has developed a plan that promotes “Smart Growth”. Smart Growth encourages development that is good for the economy, community, and the environment. Our plan focuses on the long-term implications of growth and how it may affect the community, instead of viewing growth as an end in itself.  It is designed to safeguard our town, promote economic development, and protect open spaces, natural resources, environmentally sensitive areas, and agricultural lands.

ELECTION REMINDER

From the Issue: 
February 2010
Town elections are only a few weeks away! 

Candidates for Town Offices: tell the voters why you are the right one for the job!  The TROY TOWN NEWS will publish statements by candidates in the March issue, unedited and with no endorsements.  Informed voters make the best decisions, so send us a few lines — 200 to 400 words should do it.  Drop the info at the library, mail to PO Box 641, or email ttn@webryders.net.
    Let the voters know where you stand!

SELECTMAN'S RESIGNATION

From the Issue: 
January 2010
On December 7th the Selectmen's office received Lynda Cutts' resignation from her position as Selectman in Troy.  We thank Lynda for all her hard work and the time she put into her position, which was greatly appreciated.

Appointments to fill a vacant position in the office of Selectmen fall under RSA 669:63.  Accordingly the Selectmen are in the process of interviewing for the appointment of a replacement Selectman for the months remaining until the Town's next regularly scheduled election, which will be held on March 9th, 2010, the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  At that time the remaining one (1) year of the original three year term for this Selectmen position will be included on the ballot, per RSA 669:61 for the election of town officers.  Interested parties are asked to check with the Town Clerk's office for more information on how to register for this position.  The registration period is during the period January 20-29.

SELECTMEN'S UPDATE

From the Issue: 
January 2010
Happy Holidays to everyone.  Winter arrived all of a sudden in December and it’s promising to be another season of wintry mix with rain and sleet mixed in with snow before the real cold settles in.  I have to admit I was starting to doubt the farmer’s almanac when the snow and cold arrived just in time for the holidays.  Will it stay?  You’ll know the answer to that by the time you read this update.  

We received our letter of approval from the State for the South Street sidewalks grant to Sand Dam.  We understand that this will include sidewalks on both sides of the common.  The State’s grant office took several months to approve our engineering proposal, which means that according to the terms of the grant agreement we will have to hustle in order to fit all the work into next summer.  The good news is that we met our obligations for the submittals and can look forward to getting the project physically underway in 2010.

NEW PROPOSED "CONSERVATION SUBDIVISION" ARTICLE

From the Issue: 
January 2010
Behind the homes that line our rural roads are forested areas with streams, ponds, wildlife travel corridors, habitat and ruins of Troy's earliest settlements.  We are fortunate to still be able to enjoy our backlands. They have been largely left undisturbed despite the fact that, in recent years, our neighboring towns have seen such valuable resources and habitat consumed by substantial land development.  The recent economic downturn in home construction has temporarily ended this trend.

In defense of these valuable resources and taking direction from Troy's Master Plan, our Planning Board has developed an innovative "Conservation Subdivision Ordinance".  This plan allows for a more condensed development within the parent parcel with the same number of new homes as would be allowed under current zoning. This smaller footprint will be less invasive and preserve our backlands for future generations to enjoy.

Developers will be encouraged to preserve access to these wooded areas with incentives that will allow for additional units on the parcel.  Credits given for such activities as:

TOWN CLERK NEWS

From the Issue: 
November 2009
The Town Clerk’s office will be closed Thursday November 26th, Thanksgiving Day and Friday November 27th.  Please schedule your vehicle registrations accordingly.

TAX RATE FOURTH IN STATE

From the Issue: 
November 2009
Taking a look at the property taxes for the Town of Troy, we discover that our 2009 property taxes are based on a rate of 29.03.  This places Troy as number one (1) in the County and number four (4) in the State.  Winchester, Swanzey, and Keene are the next highest taxed communities in the County with an average tax rate of 27.84.  On the lower side are Jaffrey, Hinsdale, Richmond, Fitzwilliam and Rindge with an average tax rate of 24.23, which are about 17% less in taxes than what the people of Troy pay.

The makeup of the tax rate comes from three general Groups.
Group 1 is the combined State and County taxes.
Group 2 is Education.
Group 3 is Troy Operating Tax.

    Right now Troy taxes are: 5.79 (County & State) + 14.02 (Education) + 9.22 (Troy Operations) for a total combined of 29.03.  It should be noted that the taxes for Group 1 (State and County) are about the same for all communities in the County.  With Group 2 (Education), Troy is paying one of the lowest tax rates among the Towns in the County and the 7th lowest in the State.

SELECTMEN'S UPDATE

From the Issue: 
October 2009
The day after I ordered my oil and propane for winter, summer decided to show up for roll call.  How long it lasts is a matter of debate right now but could be settled by the time you read this.  In the meantime I've set aside the wool socks for a few weeks and decided to roll with the weather.
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