Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00
When the past Democratic Party Nassau County Administration proposed the 13 percent general tax increase, the opposition lambasted the measure.
Many voters finally accepted the argument that the tax increase was avoidable. As a result, the Republicans gained control of the county executive office and the Nassau County legislative body. The 13 percent tax increase was eliminated, along with the home energy tax of $38 million, which would cost homeowners about $8 a month.
If the 13 percent tax increase remained in place, homeowners would have seen an increase of $60 a year or about $5 a month.
To avoid this simple solution, the present administration is giving away the store. They are also eliminating social service resources affecting children and senior citizens and making school districts responsible for property tax refunds that will eventually reduce educational programs and cause more layoffs.
The present government officials are going back to the one-shot gimmicks and increased usage fees. That will only make it necessary for the next administration to raise taxes.
This has tempted the Democratic legislators to resort to the same tactics that the Republicans utilized when they lost their majority. Obviously, it did not help relieve the angst of Nassau County residents. Similar actions by the Democrats would do nothing to solve the present problems of Nassau County.
I tend to agree with Michael Miller (“Is It Time To Dissolve Nassau County?” The Massapequan Observer online edition, June 8). Maybe it is time to dissolve the government of Nassau County.