Cuomo needs more information on Nassau's plan to pass tax costs to school districts

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday he would review Nassau County’s proposal to shift the cost of property tax refunds to school districts, towns and taxing districts but declined to endorse the controversial idea.

On Tuesday, the State Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that Nassau could not repeal its “county guaranty” without the approval of the state legislature. The law, established in 1948, holds the county liable for all tax refunds resulting from erroneous assessments.

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County Attorney Carnell Foskey has said Nassau would seek state legislation to rid itself of the costs of the guaranty, estimated at $450 million.

But, Cuomo told reporters Wednesday that he needed more information. “Let me look at the specific proposal and see what it means before I have a position,” Cuomo said after a budgetary address at Nassau Community College.

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