The Tuckahoe School Board has scheduled a community forum for later this month to discuss Tuckahoe’s proposed annexation with the Southampton School District.
The idea behind the October 29 meeting is to break down the proposed annexation and explain what it would mean for Tuckahoe residents if approved, and what it would happen if it were voted down. The forum will be one of the last opportunities for public discussion before a straw vote on November 18, when taxpayers from both school districts will head to separate polls to decide whether the idea of Southampton annexing Tuckahoe should move forward to a joint referendum.
A key topic of discussion will be tax projections for Tuckahoe residents. A recently completed study conducted by the Southampton administration says the school district tax rate for a home in Southampton valued at $1 million would increase incrementally over the next decade from $2.44 to $2.77 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. That means that for the 2024-25 school year, the tax associated exclusively with the merger would add no more than $330 to the overall school tax bill for a house valued at $1 million. For the years before then, the taxes paid to cover the merger would rise gradually until reaching that $330 cap. Taxes in Tuckahoe would drop over the same period to an equal rate.
The community forum is scheduled for Wednesday, October 29, at 7 p.m. at Tuckahoe School.