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Receiver of Taxes elected no more, after 2013

Glenville voters significantly approve switch to appointed post

Glenville resident David Hennel casts his vote during the special election held at Glenville Town Hall on Monday, April 16. Voters approved changing the receiver of taxes from an elected to part-time position by 210-75, according to unofficial results.

Glenville resident David Hennel casts his vote during the special election held at Glenville Town Hall on Monday, April 16. Voters approved changing the receiver of taxes from an elected to part-time position by 210-75, according to unofficial results. Photo by John Purcell.

— Resident Dorie McArthur, who also voted in support of the referendum, said he talked to Aragosa beforehand on several questions she had about the switch.

“I received responses from him that made me feel confident this was not a change for political reasons,” McArthur said. “It appeared to me they had thought through what they were going to do and it was going to save the town money.”

Koetzle said there have been discussions to keep Aragosa on staff as the part-time receiver, but he would have to run for the position in this year’s election to fill out the remainder of the current receiver term that ends after 2013. Koetzle said the elected position couldn’t be abolished mid-term.

“I’d support him if he is interested,” Koetzle said. “It is a one-year term now and we have to see who is interested in running.”

Regardless of who gets elected to the position, he said the board is going to budget position as part time next year and continue contracting with a bank.

“We can still achieve the savings, but that person is going to be elected for one year until the term expires,” Koetzle said.

There could be some hiccups, because an elected official can’t be forced into cross training and other duties outside their scope of work.

“Having an elected person does not give the board the management imperative it needs to make changes to the Town Hall staff,” Koetzle said. “We have a hard time working with elected officials on trying to change staffing models. This also professionalizes the position so we can get the most qualified person.”

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