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Hearing set on eliminating Glenville tax receiver job

A proposal to eliminate Glenville’s elected receiver of taxes position will get a hearing this week.
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A proposal to eliminate Glenville’s elected receiver of taxes position will get a hearing this week.

The Town Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Glenville Municipal Center on Glenridge Road to hear public comments on the proposal to do away with the position. Joan Menhinick stepped down last month with two years left in her term. The board hired Pat Aragosa as a temporary receiver on a part-time basis.

However, its long-term plan is to contract with a bank to do the tax collecting for the town and hire a part-time worker who could float between the tax office and town clerk’s office.

Town officials say that a bank could offer Saturday and evening hours, as well as drive-up and ATM service.

Also, it would eliminate a position with benefits and give the town more flexibility in staffing at Town Hall.

Supervisor Chris Koetzle said the town would like to hold a referendum in late March. To keep costs down, the town will have just one polling place — Town Hall.

Holding it in conjunction with the May school elections wouldn’t be realistic, he said, because the town encompasses four different school districts.

Koetzle added that the town is investigating a legal issue — whether the it will be able to eliminate the position immediately if the referendum passes or if the town will have to wait until the receiver’s term would have expired — at the end of 2013. He says he believes that the latter may be the case.

“We’re reaching out to the Attorney General’s Office to get an opinion on it,” he said.

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