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Clifton Park approves 2020 budget

Clifton Park approves 2020 budget

$18.25M spending plan an increase of 3.6%; still no town property tax
Clifton Park approves 2020 budget

The Town of Clifton Park approved an $18.25 million budget for 2020 that increases spending 3.6 percent over this year's budget.

The town board approved the budget at a Nov. 18 meeting. The budget was approved unanimously by the board, and there were no comments from the board or from members of the public prior to its passage.

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.

At the meeting, Barrett thanked the town board, as well as Heggen, for their work formulating the budget over the last few months and making sure that it came in under the two percent New York State tax cap.

“It’s always a long process, the budget process each year,” Barrett said.

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