Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos at his Massapequa office on...

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos at his Massapequa office on March 19, 2013. Credit: Howard Schnapp

I just finished reading about another Nassau County shortfall ["Nassau sales-tax woes," News, Oct. 9]. I cannot believe that Nassau officials haven't learned their lesson about spending and unsupported projections.

I only wish I could start spending now based on my big raise or promotion that I will get next year. If I don't get either, I can just borrow to cover the shortfall and repay it in 20 years.

It's time county officials start paying as they go. We all have to live within our means, and governments should do the same. Bond issue after bond issue just make the hole deeper. Acting responsibly is good government.

James V. Diodato, Centereach