Mahan reflects on 2011

— Both Mahan and Sheehan also claimed to have had lawn signs stolen around town during the race.

In early October, Mahan faced accusations from Albany County Conservative Party Chairman Richie Stack, who claimed a $1,000 contribution by Jerry Cifor of County Waste was inappropriate and filed a complaint with the Albany County District Attorney’s office.

Mahan fought back by pointing out Cifor left the company County Waste before it became Waste Connections, and chalked the complaint up to “silly season” and said Stack lacked character.

The election was heated right down to the end, with just 296 votes separating the candidates at the end of Election Night. Sheehan did not concede the race until absentee ballots were opened and counted days later.

Balancing a political campaign with her duties as supervisor was also less than ideal, Mahan said.

“It’s difficult in a town this size. You get started on a project in a certain direction and before you know it you’re at the end of a two-year term,” said Mahan. “It would be more efficient if it was a four-year term.”

‘Right where we should be’

It won’t be revealed just how well the town fared in 2011 until sometime in March, said Mahan, but barring any major storms or cataclysmic events, she’s “cautiously optimistic” about what the numbers will show.

“We’re right where we should be. We’re happy about that so we’re hoping 2011 will prove to be a very good year,” said Mahan.

The town’s total assessed value increased by $31.7 million and the 2012 property tax was lowered by a half percent, said Mahan, with residential and commercial projects to thank for that.

The agenda going forward

The supervisor is now turning her attention to the future.

“Our next goal would be to start building a surplus or some reserves,” said Mahan. “We want to continue to strengthen the town’s finances. Our goal is to live within the 2 percent tax cap.”

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