MINEOLA - County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) has long been talking about avoiding tax hikes, but Nassau may now be considering a plan that would increase property taxes for the middle class.

According to an initial audit report obtained by Newsday, the bulk of the tax burden could be shifted to middle-class homeowners.

When asked about the new assessment approach outlined in the audit, County Comptroller George Maragos declined to comment. The audit was conducted by the comptroller's office, but hasn't been officially released yet.

Maragos did say that significant improvements have been made in the assessor's office, but conceded that more needs to be done to make the system more "equitable."

The audit is now being reviewed at the assessor's office. A final report is due out later this month or in early March.