Eastport South Manor Adopts $91.2 Million Budget; Stays Under Tax Cap

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The Eastport South Manor Board of Education has adopted a $91.2 million budget that will add new programs next school year while also staying under the state’s tax levy cap.

The spending plan, which as unanimously adopted by board members on April 17, will increase overall spending in the district by nearly $4.2 million, or 4.8 percent, over the current year’s $87 million budget. Under the new plan, taxpayers can also expect to see a $1.3 million, or 2.7 percent, increase in the tax levy, from $47.5 million this year to almost $48.9 million next year.

“This budget maintains all programs and staff, and adds a few things for students,” Assistant Superintendent for Business Richard Snyder said this week.

The spending plan includes more than $204,000 in new funding, money that will allow the district to hire an elementary school orchestra teacher and an elementary school librarian. The funding also restores money for the fall theater production at the high school, the JV field hockey team and several clubs.

If the budget is approved by taxpayers later this month, Southampton Town residents living in Eastport can expect a 2.8 percent increase in the tax rate, up 60 cents from $21.69 per 1,000 of assessed valuation to $22.29 per 1,000.

Brookhaven residents can expect a 2.7 percent increase in the rate as it is expected to climb by $6.55, from $238.37 per $100 of assessed valuation to $244.92 per $100. In Riverhead Town, a 2.8 percent increase in the tax rate is projected as it is expected to climb by $3.91, from $142.05 per $100 of assessed valuation to $145.96 per $100.

The tax rates are expected to fluctuate in the fall based on the updated property assessments for each town, school officials explained.

Board of Education members will present their proposed budget to the public on Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m., at the Junior-Senior High School off Moriches-Middle Island Road in Manorville. The spending plan will be put to a public vote on Tuesday, May 21.

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