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May 22, 2019 11:08 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Voters Approved All Budgets and Propositions For Western School Districts Tuesday Night

May 22, 2019 11:41 AM

Tuesday night, voters approved the budgets for all of Southampton Town’s five school districts west of the Shinnecock Canal, securing plans for the 2019-20 school year, while staying under the state-mandated property tax levy cap.

All polls were closed by 9 p.m. for the Remsenburg-Speonk, Westhampton Beach, Quogue, East Quogue and Hampton Bays school districts, and final tallies were announced shortly after.

Remsenburg-Speonk’s $14.4 million budget was approved in a 127-47 vote and the two additional propositions on the ballot were approved as well. The district’s tax levy will increase by 2.9 percent, by an amount of $353,446, and the tax rate is predicted to decrease by 5.6 percent.

Incumbent School Board members Kevin Toolan and John Barry retained their seats after running unopposed. Mr. Toolan received 146 votes and will begin his second term, and Mr. Barry received 149 votes and will begin his third term.

Westhampton Beach voters approved a $58 million budget, 243-65, increasing both the tax levy and the projected tax rate by 3.64 percent. An additional proposition, which allows Westhampton Free Library’s tax levy to rise 1.75 percent, to $2,298,875, was also approved in a 224-84 vote.

Uncontested School Board candidate Stacy Rubio, who previously sat on the board, will be making a return. She received 283 votes.

Quogue’s $8.8 million budget was approved in a 163-42 vote, increasing the district’s tax levy by 4.1 percent and projecting to increase the property tax rate by 3.1 percent. The four additional propositions on the ballot were also passed.

Two incumbents and one newcomer won the three open seats for the Quogue School Board.

Incumbents Lauren Battista and Steve Failla were re-elected, earning 145 and 131 votes, respectively. Newcomer Paul Bass beat incumbent Barbara Sartorius, garnering 116 and 111 votes, respectively.

Voters passed East Quogue’s $25.9 million budget, 444-127, raising the tax levy by 2.5 percent and lowering the projected tax rate by a considerable 11.25 percent. The three other propositions were also passed.

School Board incumbents Jessica Stalters and Dianna Gobler were also both re-elected to serve their second and third three-year term, respectively, after an uncontested race.

Hampton Bays voters approved a $54.3 million budget, 545-255. The district’s tax levy will increase by 2.7 percent and the property tax rate is projected to decrease by 7.1 percent. Two additional propositions were also approved.

Proposition 2 authorized the Board of Education to establish a capital reserve fund, not to exceed $5 million, for the purpose of replacing the district’s roof and HVAC system, and Proposition 3 authorized the Board of Education to repair, reconstruct and upgrade the school district’s buildings, facilities and grounds for an estimated cost of $300,000 to be transferred from the district’s 2018-19 school year’s unappropriated fund balance.

School Board incumbents Kevin Springer and Richard Joslin were unchallenged in their race and were re-elected to serve three-year terms.

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