Raising fees, whether they be park fees or recording fees, in the Nassau County clerk’s office is the equivalent of raising taxes [“NIFA’s new rules,” News, Jan. 7]. As an attorney involved in real estate deals, I particularly object to the increase in the tax lot verification fee.
This fee is simply another means to raise revenue. To raise the fee from $75 to $220 is outrageous, and Suffolk County should be equally embarrassed following Nassau County’s lead. All documents recorded in the county clerk’s office — covenants and restrictions, deeds, mortgages, easements, etc. — require these added fees.
The county executives and county legislators will say with a straight face that they haven’t increased taxes. Let’s focus less on semantics and more on reducing costs.
Kevin J. O’Brien