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Letter: LIPA tax situation unfair

A Long Island Power Authority truck is seen

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Newsday is right, the taxpayer always pays ["LIPA tax tussle: Guess who'll pay," Editorial, June 15]. But taxpayers shouldn't have to pay the additional cost of legal fees for both sides. The Long Island Power Authority is correct, PILOTs -- payments in lieu of taxes -- should be subject to the 2 percent cap.

Since the taxpayer always pays in the end, wouldn't it be better if all LIPA property taxes were included in the homeowner's county, village, school, etc., tax bills? Not only would this reflect the true burden of Long Island's runaway school and government taxes, but also it would save the taxpayer money, because school and property taxes are deductible on income tax forms.

It's time for all Long Islanders to stop subsidizing Port Jefferson, Island Park and Northport.

David Ross, Westbury

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