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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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Legislature

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. This policy does two things: firstly, by providing reductions to homeowners the county is avoiding future liability payments and secondly, the original taxes that were to be paid by these individuals will now be picked up by those who did not challenge, essentially pitting neighbor against neighbor. This practice has left about one third of County homeowners receiving reductions with a false sense of accomplishment while the other two thirds are left holding a larger portion of budget payments. What we have to do in the future is cut expenses and study other ways we pay for them.
New York City has a two tax system, property and real estate, with but just one taxing entity, the city. I don't think that just having one's income tax fund public education is enough especially in the county with so many taxing districts.

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