To the editor:
My name is Matthew C. Boyea and I’m running for village of Malone trustee. I was born and raised in Malone and graduated from Franklin Academy 1978. I served six years in the Air Force and 30 years in the Border Patrol, retiring in 2016.
Now that I’m retired and with our daughter away at college, I found that I am called to public service once again and excited at all the opportunity the village has in front of us. The village of Malone is a gem which requires a daily persistence of work and communication that I can afford to give. As a trustee, I will work hard to assist in identifying and sourcing grants that would help the Village kickstart new programs to incentivize small business to either relocate or launch their organizations within the village limits.
I feel it is important to our growth that we secure a village planner. This position would have grant writing, planning and economic development experience to assist us in securing funds and driving success for the village by seeking out new avenues of growth and job creation.
As a trustee, I believe it is important for the Village to expand their tax base instead of raising taxes to meet ever-changing maintenance demands and safety needs. Currently, approximately 50% of the property in the village of Malone contributes to the tax base. This is a serious concern not only because of the revenue shortages we consistently have to deal with, but also having a limited tax base such as this limits opportunity for growth due to less likely (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) options and incentives to small businesses that would like to relocate here.
As a trustee, I would work hard daily creating connections for the village of Malone and finding new solutions and avenues for growth. I will be fiscally responsible with the village’s $7.3 million budget and not be afraid to ask questions and make the tough decisions to secure the best possible outcome needed to spend taxpayer’s money wisely. As an attendee to the village of Malone meetings, occasionally the only one sitting in the room outside of the current Village Board, I have seen the daily workings that need to be handled and as your trustee, I will honor the importance of this position by working hard for each of you.
I want the residents of the village of Malone to know that, if elected, I will serve the village to the absolute best of my ability. I would certainly appreciate your support on Nov. 5.
Matthew C. Boyea