Another vote planned for Nassau tax refund borrowing

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Nassau Republicans are once again calling for a vote in the county legislature on $165.2 million in borrowing for tax refunds for home and business owners.

A vote on the borrowing, which requires a two-thirds vote in the legislature – including at least three Democrats – is set for Monday.

“We continue to believe that the bonding of these obligations is necessary,” said Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow). “It will allow us to build in the financial capacity to aggressively settle and pay tax certiorari claims, avoid additional costs and interest expenses, protect our emergency funds, avoid draconian cuts to county services, and allow us to continue to hold the line on property taxes.”

Monday's vote is being held at the request of Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who has asked to make another presentation to the legislature, said Gonsalves spokesman Matt Fernando.

Legislative Democrats have refused to support previous borrowing plans until the GOP majority guarantees a "fair" redistricting process. Democrats are expected to once again vote against the latest borrowing proposal.

Late last month, Republicans on Nassau’s advisory redistricting commission proposed a new map for the county legislature that puts four Democrats into two districts and draws two Republicans into one district. Democrats on the committee complain the GOP map violates the Voting Rights Act and have offered their own plan that would largely keep all 19 districts together. 

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