Spitzer signs off on rebate for Clifton Park residents

Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett announced at the Monday, Aug. 6 town board meeting that the town was another step closer to cutting the $150 rebate checks to all town households.

Gov. Eliot Spitzer signed off on the Home Rule message that had passed the state Assembly and Senate, giving the town the final go-ahead.

We just didn't want to get too far into it until we got the absolute thumbs up from the governor, Barrett said. "Now that we've got that, we're working on those specific details."

"Households that will get the funds are very easy to point out," he added.

"Then we've got to break it down to the apartments, but we're going to work with apartment owners on that. We've already enlisted their help."

Republican councilman Scott Hughes said that apartment renters will likely have to fill out a small form, which will be available online or in the clerk's office, to claim their tax rebate. He said the town plans to advertise so all renters are aware that the rebate is available.

"It's going to be something that if you've got 30 seconds, in a perfect world, you'll be able to fill out the application," Hughes said.

Hughes, who is running for town board this year, has been at the forefront of the rebate effort. He said that no specific timeframe for disbursement is available yet, although he has said in the past that the checks should go out by the end of the year.

"We've got a group of people in place, the comptroller, town attorney, the assessor; we'll probably pull in one community representative," Hughes said.

"We're going to do this in an expeditious way, but we're going to do it by the book."

After the meeting, local Democrats again charged that the rebate was politically motivated.

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