Nassau activists urge special districts reform

Protesters pressed Nassau?s new comptroller Thursday to pick up where his predecessor left off on special tax district consolidation, but he is adamant against the idea.

Former Comptroller Howard Weitzman reported finding countless examples of waste in the county?s special tax districts, like fire, police, water and sanitation. He said taxpayers end up paying much more than they need to.

George Maragos, who now holds the job, says his first priority is fixing the county?s $250 million deficit.

?Advocating consolidation of special districts on a broad level, on a county level, for us makes no sense,? Maragos says.

Protesters say the tax districts should either be combined or eliminated.

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