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Letter: Suffolk needs property reform, too

The Nassau County Assessor's office in Mineola.

The Nassau County Assessor's office in Mineola. Credit: Charles Eckert

I could not agree more with the editorial "Nassau fix to assessment problems is long overdue" [March 13]. But what many of your readers might not know is that headline also applies to many Suffolk County property-tax payers.

In the Village of Northport, which is part of Huntington, we have not had a reassessment in many decades, and the problem as it relates to tax fairness is not much different from Nassau. In some cases, the problem is getting worse because of the Long Island Power Authority's appeal of its property taxes.

In Northport, homeowners are captive to state law that says change can occur only if village elected politicians pass a law requiring reassessment. That hurdle will not be overcome because many are overwhelmed by the complexity of the law and the fact that most voters live in older homes and benefit greatly from the status quo.

Taxpayers who are treated unfairly as a result of property overassessment have a right to appeal, as they should.

The entire property tax assessment system is nothing more than a money machine created by Albany for the legal profession, and fixing it can only come from Albany.

Leo Montagna, Northport