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Thisse seeks re-election to Madrid Town Board

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MADRID -For Republican Timothy Thisse, it was no snap decision in making up his mind to run for a second term as a member of the Madrid Town Board.

“I thought long and hard about it,” he said.

What Mr. Thisse, 49, thought about was the personal side of his commitment to the town. He is chairman of its youth committee which has significance as he and his wife, Cheryl, are the parents of a 15-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter.

Mr. Thisse, a self-employed contractor, also enjoys being a member of the town board which he considers a productive and friendly group.

“I don’t want to see that go away,” he said.

Decision made.

“I have a vested interest in this community,” Mr. Thisse said.

There are two board seats up for grabs in next Tuesday’s election. The other candidates are both challengers, Democrat Garry A. Wells and Republican Jesse Barton.

Democrat board member Anthony A. Cooper is running for town supervisor, challenging Republican William E. Hull to succeed outgoing one-term Democrat Joseph A. Finnegan.

Mr. Thisse said it is clear that the town has to always try to strike a balance between providing the services that its residents expect and keeping taxes down.

That isn’t easy to do in a rural town with no big tax base-thickening businesses or industries and where taxes are slated to increase for a second year in a row in 2014, this time by an anticipated 3 percent.

“We’re very challenged,” Mr. Thisse said.

Mr. Thisse is pleased with the town’s new wastewater treatment plant and the continuing repairs to the Mill Dam on the Grasse River. He also said it is probable that the town’s water tower will have to be replaced.

They are, after all, services that the public relies upon.

“You know what?” Mr. Thisse said. “People got to have that stuff.”

Mr. Thisse lives at 139 North St.

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