Many Nassau County tax assessments have been reduced, but beware! Tax rates will have to be increased to meet the budgets. Almost daily we see a news story or opinion article on the outdated and broken Nassau County real estate tax assessment system. The probable take over of Nassau finances by NIFA (Nassau Interim Finance Authority) exacerbates the situation. Recently the County Executive announced a private appraisal firm would negotiate the real estate tax protests with the tens of thousands of homeowners complaining about their assessments. The administrative review of the commercial cases has all but stopped. There is a lot going on but so far the system has become more complicated and cumbersome. Maybe that's the plan.