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Wheatfield to vote on status of tax receiver's job

WHEATFIELD -- Voters will decide Tuesday whether to incorporate the receiver of taxes job into the town clerk's office or leave it as a separate elected position.

The $11,000-a-year position was absorbed into the office when Kathy Harrington took over as town clerk in January. Harrington was receiver of taxes when she won the election.

During her campaign, she promised to make the move to save taxpayers money. The plan was approved during the summer by the Town Board, which paid Harrington an additional $3,500 a year to act as deputy receiver, and appointing Deputy Clerk Nancy Rosie the new receiver for $6,500 annually.

Harrington said the consolidation would save the town $9,600 a year and provide better service "for working people" without adding any personnel. Polls are open noon to 9 p.m. in the Community Center.

The receiver of taxes collects tax payments sent out by Niagara County, she said. Once collected, the payments are divided accordingly between the county and the town. Money may also be sent to banks and escrow accounts.

The tax season runs from mid-December through the end of April but the office is busiest in January and February.

As part of the clerk's office, collections can be made any Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, she noted. The office also accepts payments on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m.

When it was a separate position, the receiver collected taxes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday morning, she said.

If the proposition fails, voters will elect a receiver in November. Running are Rosie, on the Republican and Conservative lines, and Connie Schmidt, as a Democrat.

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