Town board eyes supervisor, clerk, tax collector position changes

— The Cazenovia Town Board last week approved a series of resolutions aimed at making town government more effective by extending the term of office for town supervisor, making the town clerk position appointed rather than elected and abolishing the town tax collector position.

The board’s actions do not immediately change current town laws for all three positions, but pave the way for one public hearing in June and one ballot initiative this November for the public to weigh in in the proposals.

“There’s no politics in this decision, it’s just good policy; and probably long overdue,” said Town Supervisor Ralph Monforte at the board’s May 13 regular monthly meeting.

The proposal to change the position of town supervisor from a two-year to a four-year position was proffered as a way to better serve town residents by allowing a supervisor to focus on his or her job without the worry of running for reelection every two years, according to the resolution.

The board’s passage of the measure will put it on the November election ballot for voters to approve or reject, said Town Attorney John Langey. If approved, the new supervisor term of office would not take effect until Jan. 1, 2016, so this year’s town election will not be effected by the change, Langey said.

“I think this is a great idea,” said Councilor Liz Moran, who is also a former town supervisor.

Councilor Pat Race agreed. “It gives us a lot more stability in Wampsville [on the county board of supervisors] than we presently have,” he said.

The board also approved a proposal for a new local law to change the office of town clerk from an elected to an appointed position, also to take effect Jan. 1, 2016. The board scheduled a public hearing on the proposal for its next regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 10.

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