Time To Take Charge: Stop Illegal Fees In Suffolk County

Suffolk County is exploiting taxpayers by stealing from them through illegal fees, and hoping that no one will notice. It’s up to you to fight back against money-grubbing legislators. You need to let them know that you are watching, you are furious, and you are going to fight against it!

Already, the county government has collected over $70 million in illegal revenue from fees, overcharging taxpayers hundreds of dollars for inexpensive services. The worst example is the tax map verification fee – a $500 charge for verifying a resident’s parcel of land and recording their mortgage. The actual cost of this service is $5. Simply put: This is theft.

Legislators are scrambling to fix their own budgetary mistakes by knowingly imposing illegal fees on taxpayers. Legislators are burying Suffolk citizens in high mortgage closing costs. A complete lack of oversight and accountability has permitted this crime for far too long.

A new bill, proposed by Suffolk County Legislator Robert Trotta, seeks to increase government transparency by requiring the county to disclose the true cost of services to taxpayers. It would also enforce strict oversight measures, preventing the government from illegally transferring fee revenue to its general fund.

Now, it is up to you to stop these illegal fees and prevent future money grabs by making your voice heard in person to Suffolk County officials.

On October 2, stand up to lawmakers at the county’s public hearing by sharing your stories about how illegal fees have impacted you and your loved ones. Additionally, you can voice your support for Legislator Trotta’s bill, demanding transparency from the officials who are meant to serve you.

It’s much harder for officials to steal your money when they’re forced to look you in the eye. Don’t let them continue to abuse your trust. Show up, make yourself heard, and fight the fees.

Suffolk needs your help to fight these illegal fees today!

Here’s What You Can Do:

1. Attend the public hearing on October 2 to make your voice heard.

2. Use #FightTheFees on social media.

3. Sign up on the form below for a #FightTheFees lawn sign, and let us know if you can attend the hearing on Oct 2: