Local towns would take control over the management of independent sanitation districts in the state under proposed legislation announced by Gov. Eliot Spitzer last week in
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Public Financial Management Inc. is working as a consultant to the county looking at some of these areas, though not sanitation consolidation.
Spitzer is seeking to have the recommendations and others made by the commission be adopted in his budget on April 1. Other proposals that are part of the executive budget include the consolidation of property tax collection, the phasing out of elected tax assessors, consolidation of countywide highway operations, allowing multiple counties to form a single board of health, and increased requirements for local government financial reporting. The commission plans to release a comprehensive set of recommendations after the budget is adopted.