I have been a resident of the Town of Claverack since birth and always worked in Columbia County, serving as Claverack Town Clerk for the past 25 years. Time has certainly brought on many changes in that time – some beneficial, some not.
Our town is unique with many diversified backgrounds. I have witnessed the positive growth of our town over the years. Positive growth does not always come as quickly as we would like, but usually for good reason. Our Comprehensive Plan took years to develop, and at the time was right in most ways, but not all. As years go by, there are changes that need to be made due to time moving on and circumstances being different in the town, and really the world. What was right for us then, and the world then, has changed in many instances.
People move to our town because they “love everything about it,” but then want to change everything about it – country living with city amenities at their fingertips. What some don’t understand, want to overlook, or really don’t care to consider (except around election time) is where a majority of our town’s population comes from and how they live. The majority of Claverack residents are proud people who survive day-to-day, week-to-week, paycheck-to-paycheck. Many yearn for some relief and pray for financial survival.
Our present bipartisan administration, led by Supervisor Kippy Weigelt, has moved our town forward, with caution, keeping the concerns and hopes of the residents in their vision. They work hard to keep taxes down, despite the lack of commercial tax revenues, which would be a big boost. I have seen firsthand how some try to dictate who and exactly what type of businesses come to our area. This vocal minority, with a strict vision of what they believe Claverack should be, attempt to stonewall until interested businesses finally give up and go elsewhere where they are certainly welcomed.
Despite the lack of tax revenue from business, the job this administration has done keeping taxes stable (despite ever increasing unfunded State mandates) is admirable. Claverack is the second largest town in Columbia County, and has one of the lowest tax rates. In fact, the 2018 budget numbers are just in and Claverack will see its first TAX DECREASE in years!! That doesn’t “just happen” on its own. It’s a result of good, tight budgeting and conservative spending.
The current administration has also:
The accomplishments, although being downplayed by propaganda from others running for office, are many.
I ask that you remember to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th, and consider supporting the Republican, Conservative, Independence lines. Supervisor Kippy Weigelt, Councilmen Stephen “Hookie” Hook and Brian Keeler, Highway Superintendent Louis LaMont, and Town Clerk Mary J. Hoose are making Claverack work by focusing on progress, not politics. Claverack is working!
Mary Jeanne Hoose