Nassau County Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello joined with County Executive Laura Curran, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura Gillen, Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Donald X. Clavin, and his colleagues from the Nassau County Legislature to announce that residents who were recently overtaxed due to a budget error by Nassau County will be receiving refunds. It was discovered that an error in former County Executive Mangano’s budget caused residents in five Nassau villages to be overcharged by Nassau County on their 2018 property tax bills. The error caused a small, countywide sewer tax increase to be levied only on some homeowners in Rockville Centre, Hempstead, Freeport, Garden City and Mineola at a much higher rate.
“We were alerted to the issue and have taken swift action to fix it,” said Presiding Officer Nicolello. “Our legislation will make sure the affected residents are made whole. This is an issue that we can correct, and will correct.”
The Legislature’s Rules Committee passed legislation allowing the county to issue refunds to residents who have already paid their 2018 taxes, and the error will be corrected for those paying their taxes later this year. The legislation, which has bipartisan support, must next pass through a meeting of the Full Legislature.