Ousted city official lands in Glenville

Town moves tax collection back in-house after receiver reorganization

— “We of course are going to get him up to speed and then we are going to have some projects for him as we go along,” Koetzle said.’’

Tax collection outsourcing dropped

Earlier in the organizational meeting, the board approved hiring temporary employees to assist the receiver of taxes for the year. Town officials decided to forgo entering into another tax collection agreement with First National Bank of Scotia.

Koetzle said the bank’s proposed fee for collection services ranged from $10,000 to $12,000, which exceeded what the town budgeted. Last year, the town restructured the receiver of taxes position by outsourcing collections to a bank and merging the town clerk’s office with the receiver’s department through a part-time appointed receiver.

Patrick Aragosa, after being appointed, ran uncontested to fill the remaining year of the receiver term this year.

Aragosa implemented a new procedure for collecting taxes by placing a bar code on tax bills, which allow them to be scanned in. Previously, employees had to type all of the information into the system, according to Koetzle.

“We found a more efficient way of collecting taxes … that has cut our expense tremendously,” Koetzle said. “It is harder to find savings outside now than what we actually achieve inside.”

Residents are asked to pay taxes by mail, in-person at the Glenville Municipal Center, or by using a secure web portal on the town’s website, www.townofglenville.org.

The town held a special election in April on a referendum to change the receiver of taxes from an elected to an appointed position, and voters approved the change by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. The proposal was introduced following the sudden retirement of Receiver of Taxes Joan Menhinick.

Last year, the town has contracted with First National Bank of Scotia for tax collection services during for the June water collection and September school tax collection at a cost of about $7,000.

Koetzle said there are no plans to make the position elected again.

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