Sagaponack school releases budget figures

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The Sagaponack School District will see a 10.4-percent increase in spending next year, according to budget figures released to the public last week.

The total budget for the district will be $1.4 million. The tax rate will be $0.4115 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a 10.8-percent increase over last year.

Twenty-one students in grades five and up will attend school in East Hampton next year, and $101,129 of the $136,078 increase in the budget is due to an increase in tuition that East Hampton charges for those students.

The tiny district, which has nine students in grades one through four this year and expects 15 students next year, does not have a voting machine and has a slightly unusual election process. Balloting begins at 7:30 p.m. on May 20 and is usually over within half an hour. School Board President Charles Barbour is also seeking reelection to the three-member School Board.

The board will hold a regular meeting from 6:45 to 7:25 p.m. on May 13. A budget hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m.

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