"The rebate was very politically timed, there's no question about it. That's obvious about when it was proposed and who proposed it," said Youssef Ballout, the vice-chairman of the Clifton Park Democratic Committee. "They're playing political games with our money."
In the past, Hughes has defended his and the board's action as good for the residents of Clifton Park.
"Taken to the extreme, what that means is that if there's ever an election year, nobody can do anything in a positive way because you'll accused of being political," Hughes said. "They almost want government to stand still because it's an election year. I refuse to do that, I've got too much energy."
Town Comptroller Mark Heggan said that the town had approximately a $10 million surplus of undesignated funds as of the end of 2006. $2.25 million of that has been set aside for the town rebate.