Nassau lawmakers attempt to prevent tax increase
Lawmakers in Nassau County are working to drop the proposed tax increase from the county's budget.
The tax increase in County Executive Ed Mangano's 2015 budget would cost the average homeowner $41 a year, or about 80 cents a week.
Democrats have submitted amendments to Mangano's budget that would hold the line on taxes by using millions of dollars in existing county funds and slashing funds for things like outside private attorneys.
Republicans are joining Democrats in supporting no tax increases, but are going about it in a different way. The GOP wants to restructure county loans, increase collection of outstanding debts and reduce outdated contracts to achieve needed savings.
Some political experts question the feasibility of the amendments, and wonder if legislators are putting off a tax increase until sometime in the future.
"It would be more responsible and better for the long-term fiscal health of the county if they do the right thing and balance the books in an open and honest and responsible way," said Larry Levy, of Hofstra University.
The legislature will vote on the amendments Wednesday.
If they are given the green light, it will head off to the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority for its review.