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Letter: Hikes in School and Local Taxes?

Local residents can expect to see even more hikes in their school and local taxes, now that the New York State Supreme Court has sided with County Executive Ed Mangano and his plan to force our schools to pay back tax assessment refunds.

In 2010, along with my Democratic colleagues in the Nassau County Legislature, we voted against pushing the responsibility for the County’s assessment mistakes on to our local schools and municipalities. But every Republican legislator voted in favor of this. Now our schools are left to decide whether they cut programs and services our children depend on or raise taxes.

So when Ed Mangano and the Republican legislators state that they have lowered our share of the taxes, it doesn’t pass the smell test. Our taxes are still the same. The only thing we are shifting is which entity has to refund the tax. Bottom line is that it does not matter which line on our tax bill the increases come from, the fact is that it ultimately comes from our pocketbooks.

Judy Jacobs
Nassau County Legislator
16th District