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Letters: Unhappy with 2017 budget for Nassau County

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano speaks in Woodbury

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

It doesn’t make any sense to raise revenue in the manner described in Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s budget for 2017 [“The land of the fee,” News, Sept. 21].

Raising fees on those who are required to obtain licenses or permits to conduct business, or who need them for personal use, places a burden on a small percentage of Nassau residents.

On the other hand, the property tax, as flawed as it is, shares the burden of meeting the county’s revenue needs among all homeowners and businesses. Of course, the argument from many homeowners would be, we don’t need or use the licenses and permits. Although this might sound reasonable, let’s not forget that homeowners without children pay school district taxes.

I suggest we expand the tax pool to include residents who rent, many with children.

Tony Mignone, Massapequa Park

 

Nassau Executive Edward Mangano wants to add a $105 fee to traffic and parking tickets to fund the police department — as if the fines are not too high already [“New $105 ticket fee,” News, Sept. 20].

I know people who have gotten tickets and could not afford to pay them immediately, thus incurring late fees. This has meant some people cannot afford rent or food. If you are living paycheck to paycheck, a ticket can be devastating. Mangano is not thinking of these people.

Joyce Mongitore, Massapequa

 

I’ve lived in Nassau County for 37 years. My children are no longer in the school system, but I still pay taxes for the privilege to live here — at a much higher rate than when I moved in, even taking into account inflation.

Now Nassau County needs to raise $64 million in 2017 to balance its budget and to hire 150 new police officers and 87 civilian law-enforcement personnel to grow a department hit by retirements. I worked in the private sector my whole adult life. As a businessman, I learned early that in lean times, you must reduce expenses. Nassau’s solution is to hire more people and have residents pay for it.

How about reducing the workforce? I’m not criticizing the commitment of all the hardworking county workers; however, it’s counterproductive to increase traffic fees to pay for this. It’s creating resentment toward the government and sets a bad precedent.

Henry Beyer, Woodmere

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