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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Letters to the Editor
(Page 3 of 3)

As county residents receive their tax bills, most are seeing a sharp spike in their taxes. County Executive Ed Mangano has tried to push the blame for this onto our schools. Don’t let the election-year politicking fool you: this is patently untrue — the tax increases lie squarely with the county.

Our schools have a 2 percent tax cap in place — it is absurd to think that schools are responsible for the 20 percent tax increases residents have faced over the last two years. Rather, these increases are a result of a sorely mismanaged county assessment system: our taxes go up in order to pay for all of the commercial tax refunds and politically connected law firms that get paid each time a grievance is filed.

If Mangano is able to convince the public that schools are to blame for his tax increases, you can be sure that it will be a bad four years for schools. By deceiving the public into thinking that the schools are at fault, he will justify further cuts and restrictions to our schools, leaving our once-renowned public education to fall behind. And on top of that, we’ll still be stuck with a broken assessment system!

Jean Brett-Leach

Rockville Centre

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