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Clifton Park data report shows population consistency

Clifton Park data report shows population consistency

New data provides a basic rundown of the current standing of varying aspects of the town
Clifton Park data report shows population consistency
Construction continues off Clifton Country Road in Clifton Park on July 18, 2018.
Photographer: Erica Miller

CLIFTON PARK -- New data released by the town shows that overall, Clifton Park has remained relatively stable in several categories, such as the town's population and school district enrollment.

According to the data, the town’s population in 2018 was 36,566, down slightly from the 2016 population of 36,755. 

Enrollment at the Shenendehowa Central School District, according to the data, has also decreased slightly, from 9,828 students in 2016 to 9,650 in 2018.

The data, which was released in late October, provides a basic rundown of the current standing of varying aspects of the town, from the overall town population, to the miles of road in town and the number of memberships held by residents at a variety of town-funded organizations and programs.

The town's population, Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said, has largely remained stable for many years as neighboring municipalities, including Halfmoon, grow.

“Historically, that is what it is. It never changes,” he said.

One area that has seen a boost in numbers is the Clifton Park Senior Community Center.

Since the town assumed operational control of the senior center in 2016, it has focused on modernizing the aging infrastructure of the center and building up the organization’s membership. 

Currently, the center, which hosts trips locally and abroad, as well as other events, has 1,300 active members. Prior to the town taking over, membership had dwindled to fewer than 1,000 active members.

Another point of consistency in Clifton Park the report highlights is the town’s lack of a property tax, a distinction which the report calls “ uncommon with peer municipalities of the same size.” 

Clifton Park, however, does collect a highway tax and an emergency medical services tax. The highway tax has, according to the report, decreased over the last few years and was down to 29.85 cents per thousand dollars of assessed valuation in 2019.

The report also provides a detailed description of why each category listed on the report is relevant to residents.

The report is meant to function as a quick guide for residents who want to learn more about the town and the services it provides, Barrett said. The idea for a town fact sheet that would provide updated easy-to-access information came to him a few years ago. 

Since then, the report has been posted to the town website, where it is updated at least every few months, Barrett said.

“I thought it would be informative for people to have just a one-page flier with various information that people may find interesting,” he said.

Every category in the report is not updated each time it is put out, Barrett said. Depending on the time of the year, some numbers, like school population, might not be available yet. But he tries to have at least three or four of the categories updated each time it is put out. 

“I always ask folks for new ideas," Barrett said of the sheet. "Is there anything you’d be interested in as a fun fact or something that you might be interested in that we could quickly add to the sheet?” he said.

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