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After listening, for the past several weeks, to politicians (from both parties) take credit for significantly reducing our taxes, I was flabbergasted when I received my October school tax bill, showing an increase of $222 ($444 a year), a whopping 6 percent.

Nor was I mollified by newspaper reports that the increase was the result of "an antiquated county formula...that was complicated by a possible computer glitch."

"Antiquated formula" "Possible computer glitch" Come on !

But the final straw was a quote (New York Times, October 28) from Charles O'Shea, chairman of the Nassau County Board of Assessors who "insisted it is all much ado about nothing...as for the possibility of refunds...everyone agreed there would be none."

That casually callous quote from Shakespeare, no less, says it all. "Much Ado About Nothing" "Nothing!"

It begs this question. Does anybody in our county or town government or on the board of education, for that matter, give a damn about the taxpayers of this community (many of whom are trying to make it on fixed incomes?)

I seriously doubt it. "Much Ado About Nothing" Indeed!

John A. Davidson



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