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Letter: Stealth taxes are coming at residents

Oyster Bay Town Hall on March 26, 2012.

Oyster Bay Town Hall on March 26, 2012. Credit: Nicole Bartoline

With hardly any input from residents, Oyster Bay sneaked through an 8.8 percent town tax hike that not only raises our taxes, but will make us ineligible for the state tax rebate next year, as the town has exceeded the 2 percent tax cap ["A cowardly way to raise taxes," Editorial, Nov. 21].

Next the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District will attempt to pass a $49.8-million bond referendum on Dec. 9, which also would raise taxes $19.90 per $100 of assessed valuation. Why hold the vote in December and not in May, together with the school budget vote? Or why not on this past Election Day?

I believe the school district wants the vote on a date most residents don't know about, to give the referendum the best chance of passing. The items in this referendum belong in the regular school budget, and this referendum is a ploy to circumvent the tax cap.

Residents of Plainview, wake up.

Steven Factor, Plainview