Issue of the Week

Would you support Nassau County imposing a five-cent fee on plastic and paper carryout bags?

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On January 1, 2018, a new Suffolk County law will go into effect, charging a five-cent fee for plastic and paper carryout bags, at a variety of retail stores. Those in support of the fee believe it will protect the environment. Those against view it as a tax that will hurt local businesses. Would you support Nassau County imposing a five-cent fee on plastic and paper carryout bags?

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Dept. of Assessment

There needs to be a complete overhaul of Nassau County's Assessment System. Here's how.

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How to Fix Nassau's Broken Tax Assessment System
Newsday’s February 2nd expose by Matt Clark, “Mangano’s Overhaul Created $1.7B Property Tax Shift” was well researched and extraordinarily done. It highlights the real estate tax burden shift from the informed and wealthy, to the struggling middle class and the elderly. Far from “fixed,” Mangano’s assessment system is as broken as ever, and those who can least afford it are bearing the burden.

Total lack of transparency and competence.

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I was once a member of the residential assessment reform team for Nassau County and I can tell you that the department is less transparent than ever before. The facts are this: the amount of property taxes paid is solely dependent upon the money needed to cover the impending budgets, while no one seems to care how these assessment numbers are created as long as enough revenue is obtained to cover these expenses. That is why the assessment department and their outside consultants are so willing to give homeowners, close to 85% of those who challenge, a reduction in their individual taxes.

Deadline to Grieve your property taxes is March 1.

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You do not need a firm to grieve your taxes. Here is the County link to help you through the process:

Nassau/Suffolk property taxes VS NYC

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I think the counties should adopt a tax system similar to NYC tax system(on average 5K from payroll and 5K for property tax) where they take a payroll tax and a much reduced property tax so that when one retires, he or she is only responsible for the property taxes that will not take the entire social security check to pay it. Besides, it would be fairer in that those who don't own property will also pay to school their children!

marvin krieger

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I want to pay my taxes online with my banks billpayer

Fix this assessment buisness!

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Its rediculous that we have to file greiviences every year wasting county resources and inconveniencing home owners! The only ones making money are the lawyers, this is stupid!

Tax Breaks for small parces donated to Land Trusts

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Small parcel landowners, who donate their undeveloped land to recognized Land Trust organizations (e.g. vacant lots, easements adjacent to parks, roadside set backs, watersheds, steep slopes, access to beach fronts) should be given significant tax breaks by the County. We need to preserved more open space not encourage more development. Generous landowners should be encouraged to be stewards for the public good (clean water, clean air, less asphalt) but should not have to pay same rate taxes on these small parcels as they would on developed land.

Glen cove golf course trees need a trim

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I'm in glen cove next to golf course. 20 huge pine trees are lined up next to the fence, very close to my house. I had 2 trees fall from next to my house and Brocke my fence. These are city trees. Do you think I have to sue the city? I was at city hall making several requests at the mayors office and every time is different story and nothing was done after hurricane sandy. Do I have to hire lawyer to make myself heard?

Extraordinary taxation

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Something has to be done about the extraordinary school taxes facing retirees on Long Island, they are way out of hand and in many cases will take most or all a retirees social security income! While its true, these people should have done more to save for retirement, these taxes are super huge and a fare amount of people living on L.I. have no children in school anymore and many never had children period. This is not a fair system. We should use a system more akin to the NYC system where some of this money comes from payroll rather than property taxes.......

Passing the "buck"

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The County Executive's plan to shift the evaluation and financial burden of tax certioraris to school districts to "cut taxes" is a mistruth. In actuality, the people's taxes related to this function will increase as the burden is shifted to school districts having each of the 54 school districts to create their own tax certiorari offices instead of the one office that the County runs. The increase in personnel needed to accomplish this task will increase significantly. We need to make this known to the populous. How do we do that?

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