continued “With Joan retiring, it just makes the most common sense to have a bank do it,” he said. “There are just so many more positives for it and, frankly, we don’t need another elected position.”
Koetzle said the town is in talks with a “local bank” that’s “very interested” in a contract. Since it would be a professional service, Koetzle said it doesn’t have to go through an official bidding process. He has estimated the cost to contract with a bank at around $10,000.
Koetzle and Councilman Sid Ramotar both work for KeyBank, but Koetzle said the town hasn’t had any discussions with that institution to perform tax collection services.
“I have not approached them and they have not approached me … they are not the bank we are currently talking to,” Koetzle said. “There is going to be no unethical behavior here … There is really no concern about that at this particular juncture.”
A bank could also offer services the town currently doesn’t provide, such as Saturday hours, drive-thru service with possible night drop off and an opportunity to pay bills online.
“It is going to save the town more many and residents are going to have more options,” Boulant said.
Koetzle also pitches the switch as running the town more like a business.
“I think it really begins to take the old model of local government … and begins to professionalize it,” he said.
Also, if the receiver of taxes isn’t an elected position, then Koetzle could begin to cross train the employee. Koetzle plans to have the receiver assist the Town Clerk’s Office, among other possibilities. Elected officials can’t be forced to do anything outside of their scope, he said.
“It gives us the management imperative to be able to do this cross-functional training between departments,” Koetzle said. “If you have an elected official, you can’t tell them to do anything.”