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The truth about property assessments
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Under Suozzi, the assessment system produced errors, forcing taxpayers to overpay because those errors were not corrected before payment was demanded. The “county guarantee” forced the county, not the school districts and towns, to pay tax certiorari refunds. This meant that the county had to pay back money it never actually received. As a result, Nassau was left with approximately $1.6 billion in debt and outstanding liabilities.

After four years, the system is still far from perfect, but it has improved tremendously. Mangano has frozen assessments for four years and implemented a settlement program that has saved the county $28 million annually and reduced taxpayer liability by 93 percent. He has also repealed the county guarantee and developed a plan with the Nassau Interim Finance Authority and the County Legislature to end borrowing and pay off assumed debt.

Mangano should be applauded for his efforts, and not attacked by the liberal media. Sadly, the Suozzi campaign has also resorted to attacks on me to resuscitate his flailing campaign. In fact, in this very paper, one of Suozzi’s cronies accused me of using my column as Mangano propaganda.

Then, during their debate, Suozzi claimed that I tried to use the Shinnecock Indians to bring casino gaming to the new Coliseum. That is far from the truth.

Let’s not forget that the Shinnecock have been underrepresented and mistreated for far too long. Recently, the federal courts and government finally recognized them as a legitimate tribe.

Suozzi is obviously not a fan of Native Americans, and the claim that I attempted to bring them to the new Coliseum for gaming is a fabrication.

The Suozzi campaign has trouble with the truth.

Al D’Amato, a former U.S. senator from New York, is the founder of Park Strategies LLC, a public policy and business development firm. Comments about this column? ADAmato@liherald.com.


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Sorry Al but the assessment problem is neither Suozzi or Mangano's fault. The problem started in the fact that before properties were reassessed they were all based on 1931 home/land values. Now the problem is that if you do not challenge your assessment and your neighbor does get a reduction yours goes up to pay for his reduction, so it makes property taxes a shell game.

As to raising taxes I wish you would remember how your Buddy Tom Gullota gave away the store to the unions to get the vote, and had no plan how of how to pay for it.

As I have sad before the only way we can lower our taxes is to reduce the salaries and pensions of the Police/Teachers, but no politician would ever propose that since it would be suicide for their career.

Probably the only way to get taxes in line and fair is to get rid of the tax based on a assessed house value, but only tax the land and make the rest of the tax an income tax.

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Independent1 is correct. Assessment reductions/exemptions IS a shell game pitting one property owner against the other. There is plenty of blame to go around for both parties

Neither party has done anything to correct the distorted, inflated, unintended, large exemptions given clergy who own private homes. NYS Real Property Law 460 grants a $1500 exemption to clergy on private homes....in Nassau that exemption is turned into as much as over $18,000. 38 home owners in Hewlett Woodmere pay no school taxes.

Then County Assessor Levinson made a public appeal for a revision of the law in 2006 and not one State , County , or Town rep as spoken to the issue.

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