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Letter: Counties’ fee hikes are outrageous

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano squares off in

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano squares off in a debate hosted by LIA in Woodbury against challenger Thomas Suozzi. (Oct. 29, 2013) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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