The checks are in the mail for Clifton Park residents

Following the unanimous passing of two resolutions at the Monday, Sept. 17, town board meeting, the Clifton Park tax rebate checks are just about in the mail.

The board met the final two legal hurdles to distribute the $150 rebate checks to all homeowners and renters. The first authorized the transfer of $2.25 million from the general fund to the taxpayer rebate program as allocated by a previous resolution, and the second adopted the rules, instructions and application forms created by Assessor Walter Smead for the program's implementation.

Councilman Scott Hughes, a Republican candidate for town board this November, spearheaded the project.

We're in a very enviable position here in Clifton Park. We're debt free. We have no town property tax. We enjoy a healthy surplus, Hughes said. "I think it's only right and proper that we give a portion of that back to the people of Clifton Park."

Homeowners can expect to see the checks in their mailbox by early October, while renters will need to fill out an application either online or at the town clerk's office. A letter by Smead distributed to local apartment complexes announces the rebate to renters. The town is also advertising in local media.

The application asks for the tenant's name and address, and requires that the applicant has leased a property in the town as of June 1, 2007. The application also requests a signed copy of the renter's lease.

"The only other thing you have to provide is the first and last page of your lease. We don't even require the whole thing," Hughes said. "We just need something; it could even be a letter from your apartment complex."

Hughes said that renters can expect their checks a few weeks after their completed application is turned in.

"This is going to be a very quick turnaround," he said. "The company we're using has been fantastic."

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