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Sep 19, 2019 2:59 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Supervisor Presents 2020 Budget That Would Decrease Property Tax Rate

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman presented the 2020 budget to the other board members on Thursday morning. GREG WEHNER
Sep 19, 2019 4:06 PM

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman presented a $105.5 million budget proposal for 2020 on Thursday, which represents a nearly 6-percent reduction in the property tax rate: the largest cut he said he has seen in his years of putting together budgets for municipalities.

The current tax rate is $1.38 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, and Mr. Schneiderman is proposing to drop it to $1.3 per $1,000, amounting to a 5.80 percent drop.

The proposed 2020 budget of $105,525,051, when compared to the current budget of $102,709,239 represents a 2.85-percent spending increase, and the tax levy for 2020, which is proposed to be $69,742,241, is 3.41 percent higher than this year’s tax levy of $67,264,269, staying under the state mandated 2-percent tax levy cap.

“I always try … to keep costs in line to not spend more than we need to, because I think it’s important that maintain our low taxes that we enjoy in the area, so what you will see in this budget is a cost to continue budget,” he said. “I have delivered a number of budgets in my time here as supervisor, and in my earlier incarnation as East Hampton Town supervisor, this is the largest tax rate reduction I have been able to deliver.”

Along with the reduction in the tax rate, Mr. Schneiderman said the budget maintains the current level of services, allows for the typical 2-percent raise and benefits and was adjusted with the anticipation that less money will come in from certain services offered by the town.

On the latter, Mr. Schneiderman said less money is coming in from waste management because the demand for recyclables has dropped. He also said the justice court is not bringing in as much money because they are processing significantly less fines and fees.

The budget allows for the creation of three new positions in the town.

Mr. Schneiderman said the Community Preservation Fund allows for the hiring of an environmental analyst.

The town will also be adding two positions in the parks department: a recreation director and someone to work at the parks.

Mr. Schneiderman said many of the park facilities — especially the new Ponquogue Beach facility in Hampton Bays — saw an increase in visitors this year.

“I’m reluctant to add staff unless it’s warranted,” he said.

Hampton Bays will also see quite a bit of money from the budget put toward what Mr. Schneiderman described as necessary projects.

Some of the money will go toward the Hampton Bays Senior Center acquisition, projects with the Hampton Bays Water District, the construction of a new Southampton Ambulance facility and water quality projects.

In an effort to address the issue of property assessments, Mr. Schneiderman said the board approved a two-year moratorium on assessments. He also said he has reached out to State Senator Kenneth P. Lavalle and State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. to see if a 2-percent tax cap can be placed on property assessments.

The schedule for adopting the budget is set.

Public hearings on the budget will take place on October 22 at 6 p.m. and November 12 at 1 p.m. — it is set to be voted on by the Town Board on November 20 at 11 a.m.

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A pre-October surprise...Dang!
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Sep 19, 19 4:33 PM
This is when the budgets always come out, so let’s not go politicizing the timing.

Hard to argue with a 6% tax rate reduction, clean water, and much-needed items for Hampton Bays like the Senior Center acquisition and the Water District projects. Good job, Jay.

Let’s keep up the momentum by voting for Jay Schneiderman for supervisor, John Bouvier and Craig Catalanotto for town council, Gordon Herr for tax rwceiver, and Ann Welker and Captain Andy Brosnan for trustee. ...more
By southamptondems (8), southampton on Sep 19, 19 5:01 PM
Thanks George. The mouth of east end demo party.

Most readers know this is a political story to help the party. The shell game of Jay and a tiny story for the fake news. It is time for a change of personnel, either party. Stop the politics, budgets are in poor shape in the county.
By Hamptonsway (107), Southampton on Sep 19, 19 6:47 PM
And Bill Pell?
By Draggerman (955), Southampton on Sep 22, 19 9:48 PM
Wow, 6 percent decrease, That would be great if my accessed value of my property didn’t go up 35 percent over the last 3 years with no improvements.
By Rattler (1), Hampton Bays on Sep 19, 19 5:04 PM
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The property taxes on my town of Southampton property are super-low. I'd gladly pay more property taxes for improved education and senior services!
By Aeshtron (431), Southampton on Sep 19, 19 5:51 PM
So send it in!? Nobody is stopping you. Anything else you want to do but aren’t doing?
By even flow (1023), East Hampton on Sep 20, 19 8:46 AM
Southamptondems, timing is everything and this move on the part of Schneiderman is obviously political, no matter how you try to spin it. But voters are smart, really smart this time around, and fortunately, we have choices for Town Supervisor,

As for the Trustees, you conveniently forgot to mention long time Democrat Eric Shultz, who won the Democratic Primary and will be on the ballot in November along with Democrat Fred Havemeyer, a long time Trustee, who has given tremendous service ...more
By HamptonClassic (132), Southampton on Sep 19, 19 7:47 PM
I thought Southampton Democrats supported Alex Gregor? Very confusing?!?!
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Sep 20, 19 5:54 AM
Nobody with their head on straight supports that guy for anything other than retirement.
By CPalmer (122), Southampton on Sep 20, 19 6:59 AM
I thought Southampton Democrats supported Alex Gregor? Very confusing?!?!
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Sep 20, 19 5:54 AM
Property taxes will not be going down. lol.
By even flow (1023), East Hampton on Sep 20, 19 8:43 AM
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Maybe long term you are right. But near-term, with a freeze on assessments and a rate cut, they certainly will.
By CPalmer (122), Southampton on Sep 20, 19 9:02 AM
Never.
By even fIow (60), Westhampton Beach on Sep 20, 19 11:53 AM
GoldenBoy, Don't be confused Alex Gregor, an Independence Party member, is running for Town Supervisor.

To hear more, and be more informed, all should attend the debate on Monday, September 23, 7 to 9 PM, hosted by Hampton Bays Civic Association at the Senior Center., 25 Ponquogue Ave,
By HamptonClassic (132), Southampton on Sep 20, 19 10:54 AM
Will there be any debates east of the canal? Particularly Trustee debate?
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Sep 21, 19 8:01 AM
bigfresh, go to shtowngop.com click events, there probably will be other updated events.

UPDATED ... Monday October 28, Hampton Bays Civic Association, 7 PM ,

DEBATE: SOUTHAMPTON TOWN TRUSTEE CANDIDATES .

25 Ponquogue Avenue, Hampton Bays.

Thank You Southampton Town GOP for providing this information. Now the Democrats need to provide this service as well.
By HamptonClassic (132), Southampton on Sep 21, 19 11:05 AM
Cut our taxes in half:
1). Stop funding yachts for healthcare insurance executives and hospital administrators. Each employee of the Town, Board of Education, Police, Town Admin, et al. gets $500 per month single or family to spend on healthcare. The Town will negotiate that flat rate with SUNY Southampton and Peconic, no deductible, no cap in those systems. Don't like it hospital? Nuts to you. Everyone can buy Obamacare on their own.

Don't like it Board of Ed unions? Go on strike, ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Sep 23, 19 5:14 AM