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Should NYS Government's 2% property tax cap also apply to fees and fines?

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There is currently a property tax cap set at 2% or the rate of inflation, whichever is less. Some local governments such as Nassau County have circumvented the property tax cap by raising fees and adding speed zone cameras. Without this additional revenue Nassau County would be unable to balance its budget. Should NYS Government's 2% property tax cap also apply to fees and fines?

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Legislature

STOP!: Out of State Plates; the danger beneath

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Should legislation be introduced to correct lost fees and penalties for the growing # of out of state plates in NY? Take a look around next time you travel the roads; probably more evident in lower income neighborhoods.

Ok, if you're a snowbird, fine, then this topic doesn't apply. I'm concerned about the frequency I'm seeing non-NY plates on LI and what it means, and what should be done about it.

Manufacturing Tax Credit for Nassau Companies

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Legislators enacted an Upstate Manufacturing Tax Credit so why not one in Nassau? Our community has lost 30% of our manufacturing jobs since 2000 because of the high costs associated with running a business here. Let's give Nassau job creators the same tax breaks we pay for to help manufacturers in other parts of the state. AMH

Rent out the rooftops of public and private schools to solar energy providers

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With diminished funding available for public and private education all schools should rent out their rooftops to solar energy providers. This green energy source will help drive extra revenue towards education giving taxpayers relief and bring down the cost of Long Island's power generation by providing extra supply. Adam Haber

Pre K

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resources spent in Pre-K Is much more valuable than spent on Advanced Placement classes.

Energy Performance Contracts for Local Governments to Convert Outdoor Lighting to L.E.D.

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There should be a coordinated energy performance contract to convert all outdoor lights on Long Island to L.E.D. While L.E.D. lights are more expensive they last up to 4x as long, require less maintenance, give off less heat and use about half the electricity. In the end they are much cheaper and make a great investment. The lower electrical load would help keep prices down for all consumers during a hot summer. AMH