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Letter: How to play Nassau’s property-tax game

The Nassau County Department of Assessment in Mineola,

The Nassau County Department of Assessment in Mineola, seen on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Taxpayers come to the office if they have questions about their property taxes. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Congratulations on your “Separate & Unequal” series [“News, Feb. 3-5], covering the Nassau County property tax situation. The articles were clearly written.

If I understand the process, it works like this:

Step 1: Overassess the homeowner.

Step 2: The homeowner hires a firm to grieve the overassessment.

Step 3: The firm representing the homeowner is successful and retains about 30 percent of the first-year savings as its fee.

Step 4: The firm representing the homeowner makes a contribution to a local politician’s campaign fund.

Net result: The homeowner has been cheated out of 30 percent by the firm that grieved for it and by the politician.

Do I understand the process?

Bob Boos Plainview

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