Troy 2019 Budget includes garbage tax hike and funding for pools

November 30, 2018 09:24 PM

TROY - The Troy City Council approved a 73.5 million dollar budget in a special budget meeting Thursday night, 4 to 3 but not before debating a number of topics including the garbage fund. 

Taxpayers will now have to shell out four dollars more per unit, on a plan that should have expired December 31st of this year.

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"In this budget it's not only proposed to be a permanent, it's going up to $164 which means in my world you're going to see it go up year after year," Carmella Mantello said.

I looked into the Collar City's Solid Waste Management Plan and for a single family unit, Troy residents will pay nearly a hundred dollars less than people in Schenectady and Rensselaer with the changes coming to the recycling infrastructure.

"Nothing is actually changing in 2019, so no added services to garbage, there are going to be no extra trucks, correct?"

"Well, there will be newer trucks so we will save money on repairs," Mayor Patrick Madden said.

Residents like Seamus Donnelly are asking for a referendum on the increase and the council minority members are planning on putting the garbage fund to a vote next year.

"To not let the people as a whole have a larger voice in such an important piece of legislation is just not fair," Connolly said.

More than $5 million dollars in serial bonds were unanimously approved to reconstruct two of Troy's pools.

"You just keep living in this dream world, you think that Knickerbacker Association is going to wake up and say we'll work with you!" Councilman Mark McGrath said.

Pending agreements with park associations, engineers, contractors and awaiting grant approvals to offset borrowing, Mayor Madden is hoping the South Troy pool project would be out to bid by June of next year and Knickerbacker pool, at the earliest by 2020.

Also included in the budget, $250,000 in serial bonds to pay for police body cameras.

The city has applied for a grant with the Attorney General's office to cover the cost of that. 


Karen Tararache

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