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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

Your Ideas for a Better, More Efficient Government

Nassau's libraries should add items for loan outside of books

(837 votes)
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42.73%
(1122 votes)
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57.27%
1959 votes

Around the country items such as snowshoes, fishing rods and musical instruments can be borrowed from a library. It's a great way to keep libraries an active part of the community. Here is a NY Times article about this topic: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/us/these-public-libraries-are-for-snow...

Audit Special Districts

(1007 votes)
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47.19%
(1127 votes)
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52.81%
2134 votes

Kate Murray approved the budget that raised Sanitation District 6 taxes more than 15% in one year alone with no audit or independent accounting. This law would require all special districts to have their proposed budgets audited by an independent company prior to submitting for Town approval.

Transparency

(960 votes)
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44.38%
(1203 votes)
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55.62%
2163 votes

This suggestion applies to all local governments.

Residents should have access to basic data about their local governments at all times.

Nassau County should publish all budgetary data for all Special Districts, Towns, Villages, School Districts, etc online. The data should not just be raw numbers but should be summarized so it is easy for residents to read.

For example each budget report should show the tax levy over the last 10 year period, and the break down into major categories like salaries, healthcare, pension, reserves used, etc.

Partially Paid Fire Departments to keep better control on costs

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2195 votes

Why is it that school districts have this annual fight for budgets that people can vote for, yet the fire departments can just come in and say what they need without the vote or outside oversight?