From The Party That Brought You Special Trucks To Pick Up Bread During Passover
Seems that reining in those renegade special districts isn't much of a priority for Nassau County's newly-elected Republican Comptroller, George Maragos.
After all, the sanitary districts, water districts, lighting districts, waste disposal districts -- you name 'em, we've got 'em -- are the last great bastion of patronage and power for the Grand Old Party of No, and Mr. Maragos could well be the poster child for keeping that party (complete with 52" HDTVs and bottomless kegs) going.
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From News12 Long Island:
Nassau activists urge special districts reform
(04/01/10) FLORAL PARK - 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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No sense to Maragos. Nonsense to every homeowner and business owner in Nassau County who pays property taxes!
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For more information on the special taxing districts, visit the website of Residents for Efficient Special Districts (RESD) at www.resd.info.