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Nassau Notebook: Economic Development Announcement, Assessment Reforms

A weekly look-in at the news of Nassau County.

Mangano Discusses Economic Development

“In the coming days I will release a job creation plan for Nassau that includes economic development opportunities throughout our County Job Corridor," Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said earlier this week. "Working together with Governor Cuomo and his Regional Economic Development Council, we can truly jump-start job creation at Belmont Park in the west, at Nassau's Hub in the center of our county and at the former U.S. Navy-Grumman property in the east. In the interest of public transparency, I have asked my counsel Edward Ambrosino to finalize Nassau County's submission prior to the Council’s Oct. 14 submission deadline. Residents should stay tuned for our exciting announcement.”

Mangano Assessment Reforms Settle Claims Before Demanding Payment

Mangano announced Monday that the county has established a new process that will result in efficient and equitable treatment of all taxpayers. The process, established in coordination with the county executive’s Residential Assessment Reform Team, includes an administrative review of assessments before the commencement of SCAR hearings. As such, this procedure will enable the county to conduct meaningful, good-faith settlement negotiations concerning residential assessments at the earliest possible stage.

Further, audits conducted by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos of the Nassau County Assessment Department and the County Attorney’s handling of the grievance and settlement process also found a $35 million improvement in 2010 over 2009 and lays out the challenges that still need to be addressed.

For more than a decade, Nassau County has failed to settle tax grievances before homeowners and commercial property owners paid their property taxes. According to Mangano, this resulted in unneeded expense to the county — an estimated $100 million in property tax refunds annually, $30 million of which is related to residential property tax refunds. The past failure to settle these grievances before tax bills were issued contributed toward the county borrowing more $1.3 billion to pay for tax refunds, costing taxpayers another a total of $250 million a year.

Mobile Town Hall Meetings Announced

The county will be holding Mobile Town Hall Meetings at different locations around Nassau throughout October. The Mobile Town Hall meetings will provide the residents of Nassau County the opportunity to share their views and have their concerns addressed.

The meetings will be held on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The schedule through October is as follows:

  • Thursday, Oct. 6, Oyster Bay-East Norwich Library, located at 89 E. Main Street in Oyster Bay
  • Tuesday, Oct. 11, Wantagh Library, located at 3285 Park Avenue in Wantagh
  • Thursday, Oct. 13, Farmingdale Library, located at 116 Merrits Road in Farmingdale
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, Valley Stream Library, located at 60 Verona Place in Valley Stream
  • Thursday, Oct. 20, Glen Head Community Center, located at 200 Glen Head Road in Glen Head
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, Levittown Library, located at 1 Bluegrass Lane, Levittown
  • Thursday, Oct. 27, East Meadow Library, located at 1886 Front Street, East Meadow
Robert Demarco October 14, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Mac, I have said that to my kids many times. It does not mean that we accept the status quo. Taxpayers need to question and learn, and hold the decisionmakers accountable for how they spend our money. The system may not be fair, but the obligation of the Board and the administration is to use the resources as efficiently as possible . the days of getting all the bells and whistles in schools are over.
Matt October 14, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Just checked the new assessments and seems everyone's taxes in Rockville Centre are going up about 15%
Bojames October 14, 2011 at 02:23 PM
Reform assessment? This needs fixing: Minister/Clergy exemptions under NYS Law RP 460 grants $1500 exemptions to qualified "ministers". As implemented in NC using a .25% equalization rate this results in exemptions ranging from about $8,000 to over $13,000 on 43 properties( for the 2010-2011 tax roll ,data from the NC Dept of Assessment) in the Hewlett-Woodmere School District. The dollars saved by the property owners due to these inflated exemptions are passed along to the rest of us as exempted taxes do not reduce spending by school districts,towns or the county. So who is going to address this? No elected official I have contacted has indicated they will do anything.
Chris Wendt October 14, 2011 at 04:39 PM
This is not about who knows what or who does not. You have hit the nail on the head: The current systems of organizing, managing, and funding our schools are (unfair, inefficient, unsustainable, inefficacious, false, misleading, fraudulent, nonsensical...check all that apply or add your own adjective) broken. The answer, the solution, the fix? I have it, but I know it is not going to happen in my lifetime. Thus, as you have correctly deduced, the only viable, survivable reaction may be for people to leave Long Island when we each reach our own threshold of financial pain.
Mac October 14, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Chris the solution is not easy but it must start with a group of elected officials that are willing to work together and forget about political affiliation then realize their affiliation should be to us not to their parties! Then the school system should start working together and stop the nonsense. Then after that Albany must wake up and give us our fair share especially if the are mandateding unfunded services. Status quo can in all situations must be change. Finally, we the taxpayer must have patience IF a new system may be started.

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