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Letters: Anxiety over Nassau's budget

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano speaks in Woodbury

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano speaks in Woodbury Friday, June 12, 2015. Credit: Barry Sloan

It's obvious that Nassau's budget deficits have gone beyond serious ["Fiscal health 'deteriorating,' " News, Sept. 4].

Given that we already have among the highest property taxes in the nation, why is there such an insoluble need to raise fees, fines and property taxes? How many retire with pensions worth more than $100,000, then return to a second public job, while our children flee to other states to find employment, largely because so many businesses have already left?

It's becoming the town agencies and elite unions against the citizens. Many local residents and businesses struggle to survive on Long Island, while our public officials keep trying to find new ways to take more of our money.

Property tax should not be a cash cow.

Gary Maksym, Massapequa

While our Robin Hood went a little far, your editorial is part of what is wrong on Long Island [" 'Red Light Robin Hood' needs driving lessons," Aug. 28].

After clearly describing our outrageous cost of living here, the editorial goes on to talk about safety. The cameras are not about safety, they're about the revenue stream.

The Nassau Interim Finance Authority has reported that Nassau County will be approximately $65 million in the red next year. Why? One reason is a deficit of $30.7 million after the repeal of the school zone speed camera program.

Why does Newsday not bring outrage about the elimination of our constitutional rights when we attempt to fight these fines? You can't fight them, because Nassau County says you are guilty, end of story.

Wayne Spivak, Bellmore