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The dispute between Nassau CE Edward Mangano and his hand-picked panel advising him on reforming the property tax assessment system — one of his top campaign promises — has prevented the panel from issuing its final report on time.


The Assessment Review Team, was appointed Jan. 7th and Mangano said at the time that it would, “analyze the system and submit a report to the County Executive by June 30, 2010.”


Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin offered this explanation Thursday, the day after the deadline:

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“Rather than writing a report, the ART team was focused on negotiating a compromise with the county executive. Drafts exist, and a report will be issued sometime in the near future.”


The dispute [details here], somewhat resolved this past week, has centered on how commercial properties, which account for about 80 percent of the roughly $100 million paid out annually in tax refunds.


Mangano has to hope that homeowners/voters will understand that his best hope of getting a grip on the problem is by getting the big-ticket commercials fixed.


The dispute, however, is over only one part of the complicated commercial system. And Mangano conceded that he must still fix the operations of the Department of Assessment so that agency gets it right the first time — the best way to cut down on appeals.