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Clifton Park budget proposes 3 percent spending boost

Clifton Park budget proposes 3 percent spending boost

Clifton Park budget proposes 3 percent spending boost
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CLIFTON PARK -- The town has released a tentative $18.25 million budget for 2020 that increases spending 3.6 percent over this year's budget.

Total proposed spending for 2020 is $18,257,822; this year's budget is $17,597,689. 

Under the proposed budget, the four Town Council members who make up the Town Board will see a pay raise of about 2 percent, from the current $16,179 to $16,503 in 2020.

Other town officials will also receive raises under the tentative budget: Supervisor Phil Barrett would get a 1.9 percent raise, bringing his salary to $102,348; Tom McCarthy, the town attorney, would get a 2.3 percent pay increase; Mark Heggen, the town's comptroller, would get an almost 7 percent increase in pay; Steve Myers, director of building and zoning, would see a pay raise of about 7 percent; Planning Director John Scavo would see a 2.3 percent pay raise; and highway superintendent Dahn Bull would get a 7 percent boost.

The total amount in the tentative budget that will go toward employee benefits is $2,855,159.

The 2019 budget did not include raises for town employees, as the town was negotiating with the Civil Service Employees Association, the labor union that represents employees.

There is no town property tax, but the town does collect a highway tax and and an emergency medical services tax.  The proposed Highway Fund budget for 2020 is $5,752,991.

The amount set aside in the proposed budget for the maintenance of Clifton Common is $265,300, up from last year's amount of $257,520. The amount in the proposed budget for maintenance of Kinns Road Park also increased from $10,000 to $15,000.

Community programs in the proposed 2020 budget will see an expenditure of $236,362, and includes initiative such as grants for Captain Community Human Services and the Southern Saratoga YMCA.

A date for a public hearing on the proposed budget has not yet been announced.

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