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Mangano's tax refund plan criticized

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano poses in his

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano poses in his office on Tuesday evening before making calls to residents. (Sept. 21, 2010) Credit: Newsday / Sally Morrow

  School officials and Democratic county legislators Monday criticized a plan by Republican Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano to have schools, towns and other local jurisdictions pay their share of property tax refunds.

In an average year where the refunds total $100 million, the county pays the full amount, although it collects only about 20 percent of the taxes, or $20 million, Mangano said last month in calling for an end to the current system.

But Democrats said Monday that the change would force schools to increase taxes or cut programs without any savings to either taxpayers or the taxing jurisdictions.

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