To raise money, Nassau County has approved fee increases [“Nassau lawmakers OK $46M in fee hikes,” News, Nov. 24]. However, county officials appear to be trying to bury those increases in a manner that will avoid complaint.
The county has raised real estate recording fees, including an already absurd charge for a tax assessor’s letter. Previously, the charge for a letter to record real estate documents was $75. Nassau County has now tripled that fee, along with increasing other recording fees.
Now, for example, to record a one-page mortgage satisfaction document, to remove a mortgage from your property, it will cost $425.50. Recording the same document in Suffolk County costs $110.50, and in New York City $42.
When will Nassau County realize it cannot keep going to the well to fix its fiscal irresponsibility?
Editor’s note: The writer is an attorney practicing real estate law