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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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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?


Revamping the Certiorari appeal process

Everyone speaks about a "broken assessment" system in Nassau, but few realize that it is the "broken appeal system that needs to be addressed. Maybe the Attorney General's office should investigate cozy relationship between the Nassau County Cert Board, the contributions of Law firms to the same judges that hear their cases, the residential cert firms and appraisers that contribute to the the County Executive Campaigns and the millions the make off of refunds.

school taxes

It is time to scrap the failed assessment system as it relates to school taxes.
Why not consider a system where taxes are assessed based on usage. Take the budget,subtract out state aid,commercial base and any other grants or revenues that apply, then take the balance,divided by the number of households in the district and everyone starts with the same base. Multi family homes count all units individually.

For the most part most households will pay the base. Lets give senior homeowners over 65years of age a50% cut off the base. How about new homeowners, let's give them a50% break with a 10% add back each year for 5 years. This will give them an opportunity to make some improvements.

Homeowners with children attending our schools pay the base,plus a surcharge per child registered at that address. This also will collect a fair
share on children living in illegal rentals or just using the address to register in our schools.
When a child no longer attends a school in the district, the surcharge will no longer be charged resulting in tax reduction for that homeowner.

This is a sound answer to solve the many problems our current system fails to resolve.


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Tax Certs

We talk about it at every budget meeting, as we are building a line item into the budget just for Tax Certs. A well organized campaign coming from NSBA might be a start. Perhaps the schools will prevail in the courts with their appeal.

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