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No action was expected Monday on a move by Nassau CE Edward Mangano to get part of his property tax assessment program, his top campaign priority,  through the county legislature.


The item was on the legislative agenda, but aides to Mangano and legislative aides said the item would not be called.


Negotiations with members of Mangano’s own Assessment Review Team _which he appointed to help him fix the system_have been continuing for weeks now with no public sign they are closer to an agreement.

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Members of ART team representing commercial property owners and commercial tax appeal specialists claim Mangano will hurt small businesses if he pushes through his plan to require commercial owners to promptly file a certified appraisal or make a good-faith counteroffer to the county’s assessment of their property’s value.


If they did neither and still appeal their assessment, they would be hit with a $5,000 fine.


Aides to Mangano said Friday that if they cannot get an agreement with ART members this week, they will ask Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa) to convene a special session June 29th to act on the current legislation.


A spokesman for Schmitt said he was amenable to calling the special meeting.
Other items on the legislative agenda Monday include a proposal by Mangano to create a Department of Shared Services. For the Newsday story on that, see here.