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On Dec. 5, the voters of the Shenendehowa School District will have the opportunity to approve the sale by the district of 37 acres to the town of Clifton Park by voting yes to Proposition #1. Both parties have agreed to keep this wooded parcel free of commercial development and instead guarantee its future use as a central park for all of Southern Saratoga County to enjoy.

Twice in the past year, our community has spoken loudly to preserve this acreage in the center of Clifton Park. In December 2016, more than 5,000 residents signed petitions to assure that their voices would be heard regarding this issue. As a result, the school district was required to put the sale to a developer before the residents as a referendum. In March the referendum was presented to the community. Five thousand-plus voters in the community once again demonstrated overwhelmingly their determination to keep this unique property in public hands for a park.

Why must we vote yet again to protect this acreage? It is law that when one public entity sells property to another public entity, the voters must approve the sale.

Therefore in order to finalize the land sale to the town of Clifton Park, on Dec. 5 residents in the Shenendehowa School District must approve Proposition #1 by voting yes. Only by exercising your right to vote, will this sale and subsequent park become a reality.

Gretchen Ruhl

Clifton Park

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