GLENVILLE Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzele’s initiative to abolish the receiver of taxes position is moving forward as talks with a local bank begin.
The Glenville Town Board held a public hearing Wednesday, Feb. 1, on a proposed local law to eliminate the elected position following the former receiver of taxes Joan Menhinick’s abrupt departure in protest to budget cuts to the department.
If the position is removed, the town is planning to contract with a bank to provide tax collection services. Koetzle also revealed town officials are in talks with First National Bank of Scotia.
Koetzle and his fellow Town Board members have touted outsourcing tax collection duties to a bank as a way to reduce costs and enhance services for residents. The Republican board appears in support of the switch, but residents would have the final say on the abolishment of the receiver position in a referendum vote.
Savings from contracting with a bank are estimated to total $50,000. The town would keep an appointed part-time receiver at Town Hall. First National would offer online tax payments and extended hours compared to those offered at Town Hall.
“We would still have a Town Hall option for our residents … we would still have this as a point of service for any late payments and any questions on their tax bill,” Koetzle said. “We believe that although we have had a very good qualified person over the years it is better to make that position an appointed professional rather than a politically elected.”
Former Rotterdam comptroller Patrick Aragosa, a Glenville resident, was hired by the town to fill the vacancy as the busy January tax collection period started. Koetzle said there have discussions to keep Aragosa on staff as the part-time receiver moving forward. The board has expressed intentions to keep the position part time.