3) protects Long Island residents from any property tax hikes, and 4) increases competition. Apparently, Pataki envisions state involvement in LILCO.
LILCO spokesman Suzi Halpin says the utility shares Pataki's interest in cutting rates, but has no specific plans as yet. Halpin adds that any proposal will have to address LILCO's state and local taxes of $600 million a year (about two and a half times the national average) as well high interest on debt resulting from the 1989 closing of the Shoreham nuclear plant.
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