Sayville residents supported the school district’s $81.77 million budget with 1,937 voting in favor and 1,279 voting against the 3.87 percent increase and a proposed tax hike of 7.39 percent.
School Board incumbents Thomas Cooley and Deborah VanEssendelft were running unopposed and re-elected to school board.
For the average home assessed at $40,000 (before STAR) the annual taxes will go up $480.
Sayville residents have a history of approving the budget – the two times that the budget has failed in Sayville’s recent history, in 1989 and 2004, residents approved the budget on a revote.
Voters approved the library’s two-percent budget increase with 1,851 voting in favor and 1,305 voting against.
This budget will result in an estimated $8.82 annual increase for the average home in Sayville. The 2010-2011 operating budget was at $2.58 million and the 2011-2012 is proposed at $2.69 million.
Newcomer defeated incumbent by a vote of 1,380 to 916 and was elected to the Library Board of trustees for a five-year term.
Check back tomorrow for detailed coverage of the budget vote including reaction from the board members, superintendent and union president.