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Letter: Property tax higher than expected

Would Newsday or, better yet, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, please explain the mathematics, in clear and concise language, behind the huge property tax increases that I am seeing on my tax bills [" 'Blindsided' by tax bills," News, Oct. 6]?

Cuomo claims there is a 2 percent cap on property tax increases that requires a 60 percent vote to override. That part is pretty clear. But, for example, how can anyone justify the huge increase I just received in my school property tax bill? It is roughly 41/2 times a 2 percent increase?

This comes after residents voted for a school tax increase that only exceeded the Cuomo cap by a small percentage. If I read the Newsday article correctly, this increase -- along with county, town and village increases of a similar magnitude -- is due to "the decrease in real estate values."

Let me see if I understand this: My home is worth less, so I have to pay much more in taxes. I for one, would like a clear explanation and justification for these huge increases, coming at a time when many Long Island residents are suffering financially.

George Jehn, Bayville