Longtime Bethel tax collector to retire next month

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Longtime Bethel tax collector Ann Scacco retiring next month, the Board of Selectmen has appointed Paula Usher, current deputy tax collector, to succeed her.

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BETHEL – The deputy city tax collector has been chosen to fill the soon-to-vacant seat of her colleague and retired mentor, Ann Scacco.

The Board of Selectmen voted on Tuesday to appoint Paula Usher as tax collector when Scacco retires next month.

Scacco will retire on October 22, after more than 20 years as head of the city’s tax office.

“There’s a reason we always exceed the estimated tax collection rate,” said first Selectman Matt Knickerbocker. “This is because she has just done a fantastic job on behalf of the people of Bethel and has kept our income stream very healthy and protected.”

At 99.68%, Bethel recorded its highest tax collection rate in two decades during the past financial year.

Scacco said she fully endorsed the selectmen’s decision to appoint Usher as her successor.

“I’ve been planning my retirement for a while and she went through the process with me,” Scacco said of her 14-year-old colleague. “I told her she could put me on speed dial, but I don’t expect her to call me… She’s very, very capable of taking over.”

With Usher becoming the city’s tax collector, Knickerbocker said the current tax office clerk, Erin Scott, will be promoted to deputy tax collector.

Esther L. Steinbach

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