As reported by Bill Murphy, the Nassau Legislature voted Saturday night for a $2.6 billion budget plan that includes first-time payment for sewage service by school and fire districts, local governments, colleges and hospitals.
He wrote: "That would bring in $38 million in revenue, (county executive Ed) Mangano said, but Democrats on the legislature dubbed it a 'toilet tax'.....
Picking up on this, the campaign of Rep. Carolyn McCarthy said her opponent Legis. Fran Becker (R-Lynbrook) "demonstrated a textbook example of hypocrisy when he took a party-line vote to raise taxes and fees..."
The McCarthy pitch:
"Last night wasn’t the first time Mr. Becker voted in the County Legislature to raise taxes and fees, either, despite his campaign rhetoric. In 1999 he voted for the first property tax increase in Nassau County in seven years. That same year he voted for a real estate transfer tax. This year, Mr. Becker voted to give pay raises to the County Legislature’s top three leaders, all Republicans, by $22,000 to $32,000. The leaders ultimately repealed the raises under Democratic and public pressure.
"Last night’s budget includes a new fee in which local governments, school and fire districts and non-profit institutions excluding churches will pay for sewage service for the first time ever. The fee amounts to a regressive tax' that will disproportionately affect local institutions that can least afford it and will severely affect their ability to serve Nassau
"The budget also passes off the burden of about $80 million in property assessment refunds from the County government to local school and other taxing districts. The budget also hits Nassau residents with a new $15 processing fee for certain parking and traffic tickets even when they are dismissed, and imposes higher fees for ambulance service, home burglary alarms, summer recreation programming and transactions at the county clerk’s office."
"Mr. Becker’s vote wasn’t even necessary to pass the budget, which required a 10-9 majority. Instead, Mr. Becker ingratiated himself with his Republican leaders by voting along party lines in the 11-8 vote....."