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Dec 9, 2009 12:49 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Taxpayers Reject $6.7 Million Bond Vote in Sag Harbor

Dec 9, 2009 12:49 PM

Sag Harbor School District taxpayers on Tuesday rejected a proposed $6.7 million bond that would have paid for renovations at the two district properties.

Just 637 voters turned out for the vote, defeating the ballot measure 358 to 279, according to district officials. In contrast, more than 1,800 residents voted in May’s School Board elections and budget vote, supporting the district’s spending measures by a wide margin.

The district had proposed using the $6.7 million to replace windows and roofing on the district’s two buildings, resurface parking lots to accommodate more cars, and redesign the main entrance at Pierson High School. The district had pitched the bond issuance as a more cost-effective way of making the needed repairs and improvements than folding each project into the annual general operating expenses.

The bond would have raised the annual tax bill for the owner of a house assessed at $1 million by about $100, though the settlement of another bond would have meant the net effect on taxes would only have been about $65 for the same homeowner.

michael wright

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Does it make any sense to move these elections to November and take advantage of better voter turnout? It seems logical that more voters would make the effort to get to the polls at general election time as opposed to having these special elections at off dates .There seems to be some thought out there that having these single issue elections will bring the voters out. It doesn't seem to work.
By diogenes (57), westhampton on Dec 9, 09 1:03 PM
I do not think any time of year is good to throw a taxpayer a 6.7 million dollar issue esp in sag harbor, where i have been reading, no contract for teachers ( dont get me started) , and everyones tax bill ,either east hampton or southampton is going up and the major portion of that bill is the school district for which they live....people are being laid off and last thing they want to hear is that the teachers dont make enough and oh yea , we need more parking for all of the assistant teachers, ...more
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on Dec 9, 09 1:41 PM
whoa - slow down -
you also missed the pay of the cops which is out of place
Things are out of hand - way out of hand
My point is the turnout for these things are so small a relatively small block of voters can pass these things, that didn't happen here - please look at my South Manor - Eastport posting on their new expense. 4% of the electorate passed an $61 million project.
You're preaching to the choir.
By diogenes (57), westhampton on Dec 9, 09 2:16 PM
What does the pay for the cops have to do with this? Was that on the ballot as well?
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Dec 9, 09 7:55 PM
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i must have missed the lever that had to do with police... where did this come from.....how did i miss it ?

and do we actually vote on teachers contracts or the police? if so i have been missing out .........
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on Dec 10, 09 2:00 PM
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I think I've missed that part for years. Always someone pointing at the cops. Think the Cops make to much? Go tell the families and the Kids of the 4 Officers who were ambushed in Washington a few weeks ago that they make to much.
By 1640sWhaler (74), Sag Harbor/Easthampton on Dec 10, 09 4:10 PM
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When is the last time a sag cop was shot at ? Try to think locally -- I wouldn't be surprised if our cops make more than washington's, and if they don't they better get with the program like the rest of Southampton town . Their salary's along with the teachers are helping to screw the rest of us.
By fix-it-now (216), sag harbor on Dec 11, 09 12:59 PM
I would be surprised if police in washington made more than those in Sag Harbor, given the disparity in cost of living. What program is it that you are referring to anyway?
By Bayman1 (297), Sag Harbor on Dec 11, 09 1:44 PM
By BCHBUM11968 (81), SOUTHAMPTON on Dec 10, 09 6:24 PM
And this triggered a 1/4 page ad in the Sag Harbor Express today paid for by TASH - about how our school district is in crisis; a so called crisis fabricated by the very same group - TASH. There is no crisis - just quite a few employees of our school system who keep pushing our buttons about how they deserve more despite the reality of our current economy. Tired of it? I am.

Looks like our community has voted NO CONFIDENCE with giving more money to the school system. I'll bet the ...more
By SagHarborBob (91), Sag Harbor on Dec 10, 09 6:58 PM
The taxpayers of Sag Harbor were smart to reject this bond proposal.......the taxpayers of the ESM district should have followed your lead. This is NOT the time to spend money the taxpayers do not have. Everyone needs to tighen their belts to get thru this economic downturn. Once again i applaud your voting response to this senseless money spending proposal that is unnecessary.
By T-BONE (6), manorville on Dec 14, 09 8:49 PM
local village and town cops make far more than nyc cops. Which job is easier? last time I checked cost of living was pretty high in nyc too
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Dec 15, 09 9:47 AM