Sag Harbor Budget Vote

Sag Harbor Elementary School
Sag Harbor Elementary School

The Sag Harbor School district is putting up a $36.9 million budget May 20, up $1.3 million or 3.83 percent from last year. The tax levy is set to increase by 1.5 percent.

If the budget is approved, property owners in Southampton Town will pay $5.32 per $100,000 of assessed valuation next year, up from $5.25 this year. East Hampton Town property owners will pay $729.23 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up from $719.69 this year. East Hampton does not assess homes at their full value, while Southampton does, which leads to a great discrepancy in the way these numbers appear on paper. In reality, taxpayers on both sides of the town line can expect to see their taxes rise 1.3 percent next year if the budget is approved.

Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Sag Harbor School Board. Incumbent president Theresa Samot and board member and past president Sandi Kruel are seeking re-election. Attorney Thomas RĂ© and antique store owner and former teacher Diana Kolhoff are also running.

Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Pierson High School gymnasium. The district’s full voter guide is online here.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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