Troy claims discovery of new taxpayers

Posted at: 08/19/2013 5:32 PM
Updated at: 08/19/2013 6:01 PM
By: John McLoughlin

TROY - The city of Troy claims to have discovered several dozen new taxpayers and the city says those new sources of tax revenue were discovered by an airplane flying over the Collar City.

The city says that a company doing a city-wide reassessment was using high-definition aerial photography, producing super-clear images that show 67 homes, or parts of homes thought to be outside the city that are really inside the city.

Most of the homeowners are not pleased.

The city told one homeowner on New Turnpike Road that she does not really live in the town of Schaghticoke as she's believed all along, but inside city limits.

Schaghticoke Supervisor Jean Carlson says the town will vigorously defend a lawsuit by the city of Troy claiming that 7 properties, or parts of properties are really inside city boundaries

Inside the town of Brunswick, Troy is claiming fifty-five more properties, and in North Greenbush, 5 more pieces.

Mayor Lou Rosamilia says 7 at this late date if the parcels are inside the city, so be it.

Some homeowners are furious

Some fear their taxes will double, saying they are satisfied with the volunteer fire company, and are not prepared to pay for city services like the fire department and the protection of the police department.