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Bad advice on grieving taxes at Nassau County website

Members of Nassau County's Assessment Review Commission, which

Members of Nassau County's Assessment Review Commission, which handles the first step in the tax grievance process, attend a meeting on Monday, July 27, 2015, in Mineola. Clockwise from center, chairwoman Robin Laveman, Gregory W. Carman Jr., Anthony T. Ballato, counsel to the commission Pamela Lee, Jacki Rogoff and Stanley Hirsch. Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Thank you for your in-depth reporting on the broken Nassau County property tax assessment system [“Options for solving a tax problem,” News, Feb. 19]. This reporting is public-service journalism at its finest.

Newsday shed an important light on the need for the complete reform of Nassau County government. When our elected officials not only allow but also invite the law firms who stand to benefit the most from the changes to write the new law, it just further erodes trust in our county government. The system is unfair and inequitable.

Also, as someone who for many years went to the county’s Assessment Review Commission’s Web page to see whether I had a case for grieving my taxes, I found the system always advised me that I probably didn’t have a case. Now that I know that similar homes are assessed at $200,000 less than mine on my block, solely because their owners filed grievances, do I have a case to sue Nassau County for this incorrect advice?

James Sheridan, Wantagh

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