GLENVILLE There could be one less elected official in Glenville if a proposal to abolish the receiver of taxes position is approved.
The Glenville Town Board has introduced a local law to eliminate the elected position following the sudden retirement of Receiver of Taxes Joan Menhinick over budget cuts to her department totaling around $12,000.
The proposed local law doesn’t completely remove the position, because the board has expressed intentions to make it a part-time post. The switch would allow Supervisor Christopher Koetzle to follow through on his idea to contract with a bank to perform tax collections.
Koetzle has touted outsourcing tax duties to a bank as a way to reduce costs and enhance services for residents.
“I don’t see where we would lose any service or anything the resident is currently receiving,” Koetzle said. “We would still have that internal expert in this area … we would still have that point of contact in the town.”
Residents have the chance to weigh in on the proposal to eliminate the elected position during a public hearing at the Glenville Town Board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
Since Menhinick’s departure, former Rotterdam Comptroller Patrick Aragosa was hired to assist the town with January tax collections, which is one of the busier times for the department. There are also two seasonal part-time deputies working with Aragosa.
“He has been a real good addition to our staff,” Koetzle said of Aragosa. “He knows the process and he has been around a long time.”
Deputy Supervisor Alan Boulant added the switch to a non-elected, part-time receiver would save the town from having to pay the various benefits previously associated with the position.
Boulant said the practice of outsourcing the duties to a financial institution is not uncommon for a municipality.