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Smith Begins Campaign for Tax Receiver, Supports Elimination of Position

Chris Smith of Pearl River is running for Orangetown Receiver of Taxes with the promise of working to help eliminate the position.

Chris Smith of Pearl River officially kicked off his campaign for Orangetown Receiver of Taxes Saturday at Kwan Thai Restaurant in Pearl River.

Smith enters the campaign with a unique goal. The Democrat said he wants to work to eliminate the position, which is currently held by long-time incumbent Republican Bob Simon. 

"The position of Receiver of Taxes unnecessarily costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars per year," Smith said. "In these tough economic times hard working Orangetown residents can no longer afford to fund redundant layers of bureaucracy.  When I'm elected I'll eliminate this office by having it absorbed by the Town Clerk, after voters approve a referendum in this year's election."

The Orangetown Council discussed such a referendum at a meeting Dec. 11, 2012, most likely looking at putting it on the ballot this coming November. 

According to a release from Smith sent out this weekend, Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart is supporting his plan.  

"I endorse Chris Smith for Receiver of Taxes and will work with him to reduce costs and achieve greater efficiencies by eliminating the Receiver of Taxes as an elected position," Stewart said.  "I will advocate for this by asking my fellow town councilmen to support me by placing this question on the November Ballot so voters can decide whether to eliminate this costly, duplication of efforts within town government. If approved by the voters, Chris will lead the transition and phasing out of the Receiver of Taxes as an elected position," 

Mary Jones January 06, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Why don't you eliminate the benefits the part-time town board memebers are enjoying. Robert Simon has done a great job all these year and I am sure eliminating one position will not help our financially problems.
Dennis January 06, 2013 at 04:34 PM
While I welcome the discussion, transferring the work from one department to another to announce to taxpayers you have consolidated is a great sound bite, however I want to see the real numbers. As for Bob Simon, he has done an outstanding job and deserves to be reelected. Dennis W. Hardy-Former Mayor-Village of Piermont and former Chairman-Orangetown Housing Authority
Mike January 06, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Just curious and I have no ax to grind here, but what exactly does it mean Mr. Simon or any previous Receiver of Taxes has done a good job? I mean, taxes must be paid and the question to me is why do we need a separate department and I assume 6 figure salaried person to head it up? Quite honestly, I have the same question for the Tax Assessors office. These are all ultimately finance functions and should reside in the towns Finance Department.
Sydney Smith January 06, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I personally don't care if Mr. Simon or Mr.Smith are the tax collector. What bothers me is that the town board and town supervisor seem to think the position is not necessary and allow it to continue.
enzo January 06, 2013 at 07:20 PM
The receiver's dept should/can be merged with Assesors's or Clerk's Office with responsibilities streamlined ..........
Lisa Rhodes January 07, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Great idea to eliminate this job and save taxpayers money in these hard times!
Jim Hunter March 26, 2013 at 01:57 AM
I'm all for downsizing our governments! Next we can tear up all the blacktop and put sod down, disband the Highway Department! That pesky Sewer Dept can be eliminated by the distribution of Buckets. If there is a redundancy, it should by all means be eliminated, but this smells like more politico offerings. From those talking heads in office now, to another one trying to make a name for himself. I remember a candidate offering ice cream makers to all those who came out and voted, or something along those lines. If it sounds too good to be true in our American Political circus, it probably is. I'll get my ice cream at King Kone thank you, and haven't we had enough crackpots in Orangetown politics?
Jim Hunter March 26, 2013 at 02:00 AM
And thank you Mary Jones, eliminating benefits for part-time positions(town board) would make great sense. I just won't hold my breath for them to take a morally correct stand and act in the interests of the taxpayers of Orangetown.

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