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May 22, 2012

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Hein proposes consolidating Real Property Tax Service into Department of Finance

KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Michael Hein proposed placing the county’s Real Property Tax Service Agency into the Department of Finance. Real Property Tax Director Dorothy Martin will be retiring and Hein said that will open the door for further streamlining of county government.

Should the merger be approved by the county legislature, the county would save $46,000 for the remainder of this year and $450,000 over the next five years, Hein said. He will ask the county legislature to approve the merger at its June session.

Under the consolidation, Real Property Tax would be a division of the Finance Department headed by a deputy commissioner of finance/director of Real Property Tax Service. That would “garner significant efficiencies for the taxpayers,” Hein said on Monday.

Legislature Chairwoman Terry Bernardo, meanwhile, said the lawmakers are “always willing to review proposals to consolidate government and save taxpayer dollars.” They will review the proposal “to ensure that the financial oversight role of the finance department is not compromised,” she said.

 


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