Former state Rep. (and current Orange Democratic Party chair) Scott Randolph was sworn in this week as the county’s first new tax collector in nearly five decades and promptly set about trying to put his stamp on an office best known as the sinecure of the late Earl K. Woods.
In a release, Randolph promised “an office-wide non-discrimination policy to ensure that no one is discriminated against in any way” and an immediate look at ways to modernize his eight offices. He also promised to work more closely with iDignity, the award-winning nonprofit created to help the poor and homeless obtain the personal-identification documents they need to cash a check, open a bank account, sign a rental agreement, get a job or even stay at a shelter.
Randolph announced that his office would waive the $6.25 fee that his office has charged for issuance of a government ID. Under a statute passed by the Legislature last year, the state is waiving its previous $25 fee.