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Saugerties has a confusing election for tax collector

Aug 01, 2023 12:11 pm

William J. Kemble reports in the Daily Freeman that votes in Saugerties will decide this fall whether their tax collector will be chosen by appointment or continue as an elected four-year term picked by voters. The last two tax collectors in Saugerties were appointed, after Julie Dunn resigned in August 2022. Jill Zarcone was appointed but left after a few months months to take a private sector job. Town Board members then picked Diane Friedman to fill the position. Now they have voters both picking a tax collector in voting in October and November, but also a ballot question taking away their power to choose the tax collector. So the winning candidate would have to voluntarily not accept the position or to step down. More confusing still, Zarcone's name is on the Democrats ballot line even though she has bowed out, and Friedman is on the Conservative Party line. Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.

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