By applying for the tax easement, homeowners can save up to half on the assessed value of their houses.
"Again, this is voluntary," Scherer stressed.
The proposed legislation also allows for the creation of historic districts of which there are currently none in Clifton Park.
During the public comment period, Liz Thackeray of 280 Sugar Hill Road, read a prepared statement.
"My concern is that the changes proposed seem to be reducing some of my rights that I have accorded under federal and state law," she said. "Under Article 13, it states that if my house is considered for historic status, that I will be notified and will have an opportunity to answer that. And while I understand that this is not subject to state and federal oversight, when the law affects my rights as a property owner, because of changes in the local law, then I have a concern."
Paul Kitchen of 277 Sugar Hill Road noted that some of the wording under the new law is contradictory, and needs clarifi-cation to avoid future problems. While Kitchen said he was not opposed to historic preservation and was grateful to the board for hearing his concerns, he pointed out some inconsistencies in the language as it is stated.
Regarding the proposed establishment of historic districts, Kitchen said, "The guts of the language regarding the criteria in determining an historic district has been taken out at the same time that the amended language calls for the establishment of historic districts."
Kitchen requested that the language be reinstated. Scherer noted that the language dropped out of the previous draft and concurred that it needed to be put back in. Kitchen also said that the use of the certificate of compatibility was no longer appropriate under the amended law. Scherer noted that it needed to stay in to accommodate the tax easement process. Kitchen responded that the easement provision is covered under the certificate of appropriateness, which is remaining in the law. Scherer concurred. Finally, Kitchen pointed out that the National Historic Preservation Act allows people to be excluded from a National Historic District, and questioned why the town's proposed legislation doesn't allow for this.