Is it only me, or is there anyone else that thinks the "wheels have come loose" regarding a lot of things around Port Washington? Several years ago I wrote the Port News and urged others to stand up and oppose the reassessment plan because of the long-term negative effect that it would have on this community. Unfortunately, I was right! Our property taxes have gone completely out of control! Senior citizens, those on fixed incomes, and most others whose income have not risen at anywhere near the pace that our real estate taxes have, are being hurt! Many in the community have, unfortunately, taken their ire out on the school board. However, the schools have been adversely affected by outside sources, most specifically state and federal unfunded or underfunded mandates. The schools are now forced to teach to these required exams, from the third grade through the eighth grade. Students are not learning more, the costs have risen exponentially, and the state and the federal governments have decreased true funding to our schools! So, again Port Washington taxpayers are hurt!
Has anyone wondered why, for almost everyone in Port Washington, real estate taxes have risen so much, there is still a budgeting problem for the schools? Where are these taxes going to? It is hard to comprehend!
Has anyone wondered why, if a new senior community has now opened and more than half of those residents have now moved in, and those people do not have children, that there is still no help regarding school taxes? Yes, there is a real problem here!
At the same time, Nassau County government has become a mess again! The legislature is so busy trying to figure out who's in control, that nothing else is being done. Our newly elected county supervisor is off campaigning for higher office. Our town gets more upset about a comment about a tree during the holiday season than about the real issues facing the town.
Last year, the town spent much time and effort on creating a vision. Now it is time for us to implement that vision, so that our fabulous community smartly grows! Enough of the tiresome politics, and let's join together for real solutions.
Thus far, only one person in county government has had the "guts" to try to find some solution! Harvey Levinson has explained and repeatedly been rebuffed for stating what should by now be obvious. The system of raising taxes, almost exclusively from real estate assessments, is counter-productive. He has suggested some sort of small income tax. That might be a solution. What needs to be done is that the community demand that the system be examined and a fair, intelligent, reasonable and workable solution be found!
This must be done immediately. Enough rhetoric - - - now is the time for action! It is time for citizens of this community to act responsibly, and demand answers! Enough complaining - - - let's get answers!
Richard Glenn Brody