There’s a four-way race for town council, featuring incumbents Austin Markey and Dean Ackley facing newcomers Linda Baker Marcella and Joyce Reed.
Markey and Ackley cite their commitment to lowering taxes, while the challengers also cite that as a top priority. Marcella has served on the Warrensburg Central School Board, and successfully influenced the board to lower its tax levy.
As for qualifications to conduct town business, Markey cites his knowledge gained on formulating town budgets over the past 15 years on the Town Board, while Ackley and Marcella cite theirs as business owners, and Reed notes hers as a banking teller supervisor for 16 years and a worker in financial services for 25. For years, Markey has served as sales manager for Warren Ford. Marcella has owned and operated her own real estate agency and worked as a licensed stockbroker. Ackley notes his 16 years of service as a town board member and several years as Deputy Supervisor.
Markey and Marcella pledge to continue working to boost local economic development and expanding the tax base to help keep taxes down.
Reed said that if elected, she’d review the health insurance granted to the current board members and those that may be elected, in an effort to decrease the burden on the taxpayer.
Markey said that if he’s re-elected, he’d work on a new water well to provide higher quality water in town and advocate another re-assessment of properties that would more closely reflect current market conditions and continue to speak out for hard-pressed taxpayers.
Marcella said a redirection of resources is needed to comply with the new 2 percent tax cap while delivering needed services. She also said that more public participation in the governing process is needed, and public apathy is a concern. Marcella said she would work to foster better communication and greater public participation as well as work for lower taxes. Ackley said he’d continue to work with the town board and community.
Reed said she’d work for equitable water and sewer taxes, provide diversity to a board by her gender, and give a voice to working-class taxpayers.
Highway post contested
For Warrensburg town highway superintendent, Gerald “Ed” Pennock is challenged by Dan Ackley Sr., a truck driver for the town.
Pennock, 46, has served in the town highway department for 15 years, including four as the elected superintendent. He’s also served as deputy superintendent.
Top issues, Pennock said, are managing the highway budget to keep taxes down, to continue upgrade drainage throughout town, and keep the town moving forward while keeping its residents safe.
Ackley, 63, said the top issue is completing jobs in a timely fashion. He also has said he has no particular issue with Pennock’s management, but he’d like to serve the community.
Ackley’s eight years of work for the town were preceded by 20 years of work with Waste Management. Ackley is President and acting Treasurer of Union Local 1046.
Pennock said that if he’s re-elected, he will continue to serve the community by keeping the roads well maintained and safe through all seasons, continue to cultivate strong work ethic, use time and manpower wisely and maintain good relationships with state and county highway officials and workers.
Ackley said that if elected, he’d serve the community to the best of his ability, work hard to stay within the budget and work with the entire board to complete projects.