Orangetown voters headed to the polls on Tuesday to decide on a ballot referendum that would consolidate the office of the receiver of taxes with the town clerk’s office.
In Piermont, voters at the St. John’s Church polling station said they were in favor of abolishing the $72,000-a-year-elected position. “It might be a more efficient way of collecting taxes,” said Peter Elliot, 60, a camera technician.
The changes would take effect on Jan. 1, 2018, when the four-year term of the officeholder is up.
Incumbent Robert Simon is on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. Challenger Chris Smith is running on the Democratic and Orangetown First lines.
Both candidates have expressed support for ending the position.
The receiver of taxes collects 15,800 property-tax bills for Orangetown and Rockland County as well as a separate set of bills for Nanuet, Nyack, Pearl River and South Orangetown school districts. The total in taxes collected is around $200 million.
Turnout Tuesday afternoon appeared to be moderate.
Retiree Harold Schlacter, 73, joked he was taking an “eeny meeny miny moe” approach this year.