The East Windsor Tax Collector has streamlined her office by eliminating a full-time assistant collector position.
Kimberly Lord told the board of selectmen at its Tuesday meeting that two part-time cashier positions will be enough help to handle the work of the office. Lord said much of the eliminated position’s work has been reduced through computerization.
Lord said the move will save the town $30,000 in salary and S24,000 in benefits. She said the part-time cashiers will be able help her handle the busiest times of the year in July and January.
Lord said she feels she has to make sure she is running the office in the most efficient way for taxpayers.
“I’ve really put a lot of thought into this,” Lord said.
In her report to the board of selectmen, Lord also said he office has collected $13.2 million in July. The amount is $1.5 million than last year.
Lord said she has collected about $591,000 in back taxes by trying to work with the people who owe money through giving them extensions and other methods.
She has turned over 47 accounts to a collection agency which has cleared 16 of the accounts so far and brought in $215,000 in back taxes.
Selectmen said they were happy to see the office collecting the amount of taxes it is while being streamlined.
First Selectwoman Denise E. Menard said Lord also handles well the difficult part of dealing with people who are upset about owing back taxes. At times she has to be tough she is able to work with people who owe the town money.
“Kim really has a way of working with taxpayers and getting the results we need,” Menard said.