continued “He is very knowledgeable in this area,” Koetzle said. “If this stayed an elected position I would encourage him to run because he is that good.”
At the public hearing, Cathy Bern-Smith, second vice chairwoman of the Scotia-Glenville Democratic Committee, chided Menhinick for leaving her post.
“We think the former receiver of taxes did the taxpayers and the voters of Glenville a huge disservice by resigning,” she said. “She had a term to fulfill and she didn’t compete the term to which the voters elected her.”
Smith said she also wanted to “see on paper” exactly where the $50,000 savings is coming from.
Contracting with a bank is estimated to cost around $10,000, but Koetzle said the town should complete the two remaining collection periods of the year, with water in the summer and school in the fall, to determine the workload to establish a solid figure for 2013.
“We will have to get our best estimates for this year,” he said. “We won’t have hard numbers for 2013 until later in the year.”
Town officials are still trying to get the state attorney general’s blessing for the switch to happen immediately if voters approve the proposition. Currently, Koetzle said there is an opinion from the state comptroller supporting the immediate change mid-term, since the position was vacated.
“I think we all have to ask ourselves does it make sense to run an election for one year for a position that is not going to be there,” Koetzle said, “or do we just go ahead and gain the efficiencies that we can gain immediately.”
Town Attorney Michael Cuevas said an opinion from the attorney general is conflicting with the comptroller’s opinion, which contests the immediate switch and would require the town to hold a special election and not eliminate the position until the term is completed at the end of the year.