When County Legislature Debra Mulé got a phone call from Rockville Centre Mayor Francis Murrary, about a surcharge in the 2018 general tax bill, she says it prompter her to review her own tax bill. Immediately she noticed she had been overcharged for sewer usage taxes as high as 75 percent.
Springing into action, Mulé began investigating the issue by calling the Village of Freeport and notifying county heads and County Executive Laura Curran.
“The more I researched the worse it got,” Mulé said.
Five incorporated villages, Freeport, Garden City, Hempstead, Mineola and Rockville Centre were improperly taxed for their sewage disposal.
According to Curran, during a press conference on Feb. 5, after an intensive accounting review, a $10 million-plus error in overcharges turned up from the Ed Mangano 2017 budget, which was adopted last October. Curran also introduced a local law that would allow Nassau County to issue refunds for those who have already paid taxes in full or issue a corrected tax bill for residents that may have already paid the first half of their taxes.
“I am pleased that my efforts to call attention to this problem resulted in swift legislative action to remedy this injustice to my constituents and other Nassau County taxpayers,” Mulé said.