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Troy expecting natural gas decrease soon

Troy expecting natural gas decrease soon

Posted: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 9:32 pm
By: Donna Ryder Messenger Associate Editor

 By DONNA RYDER Messenger Associate Editor Residents in Troy should soon see a reduction in the amount they are charged for natural gas. Troy Mayor Jimmie Hart gave the good news to the board of aldermen Monday night. He said he had been watching the markets and when the natural gas price took a dip last week, he called alderman Hoyt Sampson, who is in charge of the gas department, and they agreed to lock in the price for three years. “It will cost us less than we’re paying now,” Hart said, adding, “so we can afford a price reduction in gas.” In other business, the board: • Learned the mayor has set a public hearing for Wednesday at 5 p.m. at City Hall to consider exceeding the certified tax rate. Hart informed those in attendance of that meeting time only after being questioned by resident Gaylon Long. Troy’s board has passed a budget based on retaining its $1.70 property tax rate. The town must have a public hearing to exceed the state certified tax rate, which is $1.5643. Hart informed the board that health insurance is going up 4 percent or about $20 per person. The town will be paying $538.55 per month for each employee. He also said the town, like everyone else, will see a 20 percent increase in electricity rates starting Oct. 1. Bookkeeping fees went up 3 percent this year as well. “About everything we buy is going up,” he said. • Heard from Hart that he has made a phone call to D&D Roofing to get a price for repairing the roof at The Wedding Chapel. He said they probably won’t come anytime soon after the damage caused by the winds Sunday. He added he expects a bid from Jerry’s Tree Service on cutting the trees at the former church building after the owner returns from Louisiana. Alderman Gene Gurien asked how much James and Connie Prather pay in rent for the building, adding he had several residents ask. Hart said they pay $500 a month for eight months and $250 a month for four months. • Was informed there was quite a bit of damage in the town from downed trees. Hart said crews worked Sunday afternoon clearing the streets and cutting broken limbs. They spent Monday trying to haul off that debris. Hart said they’ll try to get through the town at least once this week and a second time next week to get all the limbs picked up. Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 9.16.08

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