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Taxpayers of Port Washington Beware! Nassau County Supervisor Tom Gulotta has so badly mishandled the county's fiscal affairs that he will do anything to bail himself out. First, on March 1st, when the State eliminated Sales Tax on most clothing items with values under $110, both New York City and Suffolk County did likewise with their county taxes. Nassau County, being in dire financial straits, kept their 4 1/2 percent tax intact, thus putting Nassau businesses at a serious disadvantage. Shouldn't we be asking why Nassau County is in such dire straits when the overall US economy has been in such an upturn, reversing years of deficits into surplus budgets. New York City has flourished during this period, but not Nassau County under Mr. Gulotta.

Now, Nassau County Assessor Charles O'Shea and Tom Gulotta have reversed the County's position on the way real estate is assessed for tax purposes. Certainly, certain areas in the county have been overpaying their fair share of real estate taxes to the county. In fact, let us not kid ourselves, the two reasons for this reassessment proposal is (1) class action and other suits from residents of overtaxed areas; and (2) Nassau County's precarious financial situation. But residents of Port Washington had better be forewarned that this burden is going to be transferred disproportionately on the shoulders of Port Washington's homeowners! Because Pt. Washington's real estate values have increased, under this new proposed system, our real estate taxes would be increased dramatically. What that will do eventually is lower the value of our homes, and put a tremendous burden on people who live in Port who considered the overall carrying charges of their homes including the present real estate taxes. Will our taxes then be reduced in subsequent years? Hah! Don't believe that for a minute. Because Port is composed of Villages, our residents receive most of their services from their villages, from the School, Water, Police and Fire Districts, and from the Town of North Hempstead. We do not use Nassau County Police, as do many other areas of Nassau! We barely get any value for our Nassau County taxes now! Increasing our County taxes or even considering it is a travesty. The new Nassau County Presiding Officer (Judy Jacobs-a Democrat) thinks that this will benefit all the residents of the county! How will it benefit Port residents! Oppose this reassessment now before it is too late. We cannot afford to be apathetic about this issue. Let the County Legislature know that you vehemently oppose this, and that you will vote against anyone who supports this! Oppose reassessment now!

Richard Brody


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