TROY — Voters added a little money to the $521,000 proposed municipal budget Saturday during the annual Town Meeting.

An increase of $2,000 was approved for the purpose of hiring former Town Clerk Sharon Moody to return to the Town Office temporarily as an assistant.

Current Town Clerk Kathy Mattingly said she and the Board of Selectmen would benefit by having Moody there to help train them on various processes.

Mattingly said Moody left the town clerk’s position at the beginning of 2012. Since then, she said, situations have arisen that have been hard to handle without Moody’s expertise.

When the $2,000 is exhausted, Moody’s time as a clerk’s assistant will end, she said.

The increase increases the amount the town will spend on office salaries this year to $59,150, an amount that covers the salaries of the selectmen, the town clerk, the animal control officer, the code enforcement officer and the tax collector, among others.

During the meeting, which lasted more than two hours, about 55 voters also approved an increase of $2,500 to the Fire Department’s improvement fund.

Selectmen recommended that $1,000 be given to the fund, but voters instead approved $3,500, the same amount as last year, Mattingly said.

The changes boosted the total municipal budget to about $526,000, which is still less than the $544,000 budget approved last year.

Voters approved the selectmen’s other recommendations, which included $40,000 for road improvements, $50,000 for summer road maintenance and $125,000 for winter road maintenance.

In three uncontensted elections, Tom Byron was voted in as selectman, Brett Irving as trustee to the forest area, and Rachel Katz as a menber of the School Administrative District 3 board.

The effect on the property tax rate, which is now $13.50 for every $1,000 in assessed value, is unknown because numbers for the school district and county budgets have yet to be set.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling — 861-9287
[email protected]

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