It looked like a perfect solution. A mammoth, mixed-use development would be built to inject energy into a flagging Nassau County economy like a vitamin B-12 shot. A harsh economic recession was ending. And county officials were searching for an economic boost. That was 10 years ago.
The trend at the federal and state levels has been toward lower taxes, which is favorable for residents and businesses alike. Local officials, however, are bucking this trend. By a lot of bucks.