For Immediate Release
November 17, 2010
Supervisor and Town Board United in
Proposal to Abolish Receiver of Taxes
Restructuring of Town Offices to Save TaxPayers Almost $500,000
Town of Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack and Town
Board members Shirley Lasker, Frank Borelli,
Stephanie Hausner and George Hoehmann
are united in a proposed consolidation and merger plan within the Town that
would save residents almost half a million dollars every year.
Supervisor and the Town Councilmembers propose the
elimination of the Receiver of Taxes position, which would merge with the
Office of the Assessor. The new office would allow for more streamlined
services to residents regarding property tax assessments and payments.
The proposed consolidation would allow for other positions within the
Receiver’s office to be abolished, including the Deputy Receiver of Taxes. Part
of the consolidation review is to explore the feasibility of contracting with a
local bank to assist with the collection of taxes.
changes reflect our continued commitment to downsizing government,” said
Supervisor Gromack. “We began this process as a
unified Town Board when I took office in 2004. Since then we have
decreased our Town workforce, lowered taxes, and decreased our Town’s operating
budget, all while maintaining the quality of services our Town residents expect
the Town Supervisor and Councilmembers reviewed the
Town Clerk’s office. Under the proposal, the Town Clerk’s salary would be
reduced from $124,000 to $70,000, effective upon the resignation of the current
Town Clerk. No decision has yet been made by the Town Board regarding
replacement of the outgoing Town Clerk, David Carlucci who was recently elected
to the NYS Senate effective January 2011. In addition to the salary
reduction, the restructuring will result in the elimination of funding for the
position of Deputy Town Clerk.
all, the complete restructuring plan would save the Town about $450,000 each
and every year.
are aggressively looking at consolidation initiatives that make sense within
the Town of Clarkstown,”
said Councilwoman Shirley Lasker. “We
understand the need to reduce the cost and size of government, which is why we
continue to review every department and every position to ensure that it is
essential to the function of government.”
need to protect our residents from high taxes and provide savings wherever
possible,” said Councilman Frank Borelli. “In these difficult economic
times, we have to be sure we do whatever we can to be responsive to our
resident’s concerns on how we spend their money. I am happy we are unanimous
in supporting this initiative to do what’s best for the taxpayers of
New York State law requires that there be a public
referendum to abolish the Receiver of Taxes position. A referendum could
be placed on the ballot in 2011. If it passes, the Office of the Receiver
of Taxes, and the positions contained within the office, will be abolished
effective January 1, 2014.
New York State law, even if the referendum is
approved by the voters in November 2011, the Office of Receiver of Taxes could
not be abolished until the current elective term expires on December 31, 2013.
position of Town Clerk is a constitutional office within the State of New York and therefore
cannot be abolished either by local town law, town board resolution or public
“As we move
forward, we will continue to explore other cost saving measures in Town
government,” said Councilwoman Stephanie Hausner. “It
is an evolving process for our Town Board and we look forward to making
practical and strategic decisions to save taxpayers money.”
Town Board continues to put the taxpayers of Clarkstown first by saving money
without reducing services,” said Councilman George Hoehmann.
“The move for consolidation in government has been raised by our Governor elect
Cuomo and is something we are seriously considering on the local level.”
look forward to working with the Town Board to make this consolidation plan
work for the residents of Clarkstown,” said Receiver of Taxes Loretta Raimone. “I support this plan to save money for the
taxpayers while continuing the high level of service my office has always
Receiver of Taxes position - $114,800
Deputy Receiver of Taxes position - $92,480
Town Clerk salary - $54,000 (current salary is $124,000)
Registrar of Vital Statistics stipend - $4,500
Deputy Town Clerk position - $61,650
after restructuring - $124,485
to taxpayers: $451,915 per year.