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Clifton Park passes $16.8M budget for 2017

Clifton Park passes $16.8M budget for 2017

The Clifton Park Town Board unanimously approved the $16.8 million 2017 budget for the town on Monda

The Clifton Park Town Board unanimously approved the $16.8 million 2017 budget for the town on Monday.

The budget carries no general fund tax. It includes a slight increase in the town highway tax and a decrease in the emergency medical services tax rate. Spending in the $16.8 million budget is $100,884 less than the budget adopted in 2016, according to a news release from the town.

The town also said: “In recent weeks the NYS Comptroller’s Office released the results of the latest Fiscal Stress Monitoring System results. For fiscal year 2015, Clifton Park received a score of 0,” which is the best rating.

“The 2017 budget continues our commitment to ensure Clifton Park remains one of the lowest-taxed municipalities in New York state within our peer group,” Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said in a statement when the budget was initially proposed.

He credited, in part, continuing development in the Northway Exit 9 area as well as diversification of the tax base for the town’s ability to keep taxes low.

The town’s highway spending under the new budget is $5,619,250, an increase of $100,308 from 2016. For a home assessed at $250,000, the 2017 highway tax will be $37, up $2.29 from 2016. The town expects to continue investing “heavily in infrastructure projects involving roadways, drainage and stormwater systems,” according to the news release.

The budget also includes purchase of an unspecified number of vehicles.

In a news release, Barrett noted that the highway tax in Clifton Park was 87 cents per $1,000 of assessed value 16 years ago. The highway tax will be 25.5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value under the 2017 budget, up from 23.9 cents in 2016.

Barrett noted the budget does not take into account the potential savings from the recently installed solar field at the town’s capped landfill.

The budget includes money to cover salary increases for town employees covered by union contracts. Town employees who are members of two Civil Service Employee Association bargaining units will receive a 2.5 percent raise, while a 2 percent raise is planned for management employees.

The emergency medical services tax rate will decrease from 28.1 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to 26 cents. A home appraised at $250,000 will see its EMS tax drop from $39.34 to $36.72 in the 2017 budget. The town attributes the decline in EMS tax rate to the growing tax base and the success of the medical industry in Clifton Park.

“The new Community Care Physicians building on Route 9 is the latest health care expansion, which has provided important medical services close to home for Clifton Park residents,” the town said in its statement.

Reach Gazette reporter Cady Kuzmich at 269-7239 or [email protected]

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