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Nassau County loses tax case against local governments

Nassau County Executives Ed Mangano is shown giving

Nassau County Executives Ed Mangano is shown giving his State of the County address at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. (Jan. 10, 2014) Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

ALBANY — New York’s highest court handed Nassau County a loss Tuesday in denying its bid to no longer reimburse taxpayers when individuals and businesses successfully challenge their property tax assessments.

The county had sought to push that cost down to local governments, school districts and special districts. The cost can be substantial, often involving massive property assessments owned by utilities and businesses.

The Court of Appeals said the county’s only recourse now is with the state Legislature.

The high court struck down the county’s local law passed in 2010, which county officials called “The Common Sense Act.” The high court called it unconstitutional.

The was no immediate comment from the county.

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