Property tax bills and rebates offer Long Islanders the perfect opportunity to stand up and lead New York into a brighter future.
Despite being burdened with some of the highest property taxes in the world, which ought to indicate Long Islanders are living in a wealthy paradise where nothing is awry, the news headlines often highlight quite the opposite can be true. Long Island is now among the hardest hit areas when it comes to finances, and it has had its share of poor leadership examples. Thankfully, there is opportunity to make a difference now.
The huge Marriott hotel Wi-Fi rip off debacle, new cases of real estate agents defrauding their clients of deposits, and permitting the local property tax system to continue to victimize local property owners is just the tip of the iceberg. Meanwhile, while the rest of the country is reportedly seeing an incredible drop in foreclosures and unemployment, the latest statistics show foreclosures rocketing in NY, and jobs continuing to be an issue.
It’s not all bad news. Long Islanders are big supporters of charity and nonprofits, with one local firm starting a relief fund for the Ebola crisis.
The pending NY property tax rebate checks, and the right to appeal unfair property taxes in Nassau and Suffolk County offer many more individuals to step up, lead, and give.
If enough Long Islanders continue to appeal their unfair and incorrect property taxes it will soon become unarguably cheaper for the powers that be to fix the system, than to keep processing grievances.
The resulting reduced bills, and current rebate checks are helping locals to catch up, and create financial surpluses. These funds can be used to help charitable causes and to start new ethical businesses that will change the tide, and put positive peer pressure on other NY organizations to conduct better business.
This isn’t just about improving our disposable income for next month, but about the environment we want our children to grow up in. What will you do?