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Oct 13, 2010 2:18 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Assessments Drop

Oct 13, 2010 2:18 PM

Residential property assessments in Hampton Bays have decreased more than expected, and school district officials are still uncertain how that change will impact this year’s tax rate, according to Larry Luce, the business administrator for the Hampton Bays School District.

But Mr. Luce said on Wednesday that, based on preliminary information he has compiled, he suspects that the district’s tax rate could be $10.77 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a slight increase over the $10.69 per $1,000 that Hampton Bays taxpayers were told when they approved the district’s $43.8 million 2010-11 budget back in May. The slightly higher rate would be needed to bring in the same overall tax levy that had been budgeted, now that property values have slipped.

If that figure holds up, the school district’s tax rate will climb approximately 16.9 percent this year, up from $9.21 per $1,000. In the spring, School Board members estimated that the tax rate would climb around 16.1 percent.

In the spring, Town Assessor Ed Deyermond estimated that the majority of homeowners in Hampton Bays—nearly four out of every five—would see their assessments decrease this year. On Wednesday, he said the majority of homeowners will still see a decrease, though he could not immediately confirm what percentage.

Mr. Luce said the Southampton Town tax assessor’s office now predicts that the total assessed value of all residential homes in Hampton Bays will be $3.542 billion, slightly lower than the $3.587 billion it previously estimated.

At their meeting on Tuesday night, Hampton Bays Board of Education members approved the district’s tax levy, which is increasing by about 5.7 percent, from $36.6 million last year to $38.7 million this year, according to Mr. Luce.

He explained that $230,000 remaining from last year’s budget, money that comes from interest the district earned from its middle school construction project, has been carried over to help offset this year’s school property taxes. Mr. Luce added that the district does not yet know how much it will get from Southampton Town in the form of a payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, explaining that the money also will be used to help reduce this year’s tax impact.

On Tuesday night, Mr. Luce asked School Board members to decide on what dates they want to meet to discuss the 2011-12 school budget. He suggested that they settle on a meeting calendar early next month.

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strange how the Town advised all the school districts LAST Year of decreased assessments and still they increase the budget.

how about instead of depending on the PILOT payments to decrease the tax impact how about you actually reduce your budget Larry?

How many pay increases are in this budget?
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Oct 14, 10 6:44 PM
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If the school districts were consolidated, we would save a bundle on administrative fees. Why do we need all these school boards and high salaried superintendents? All the school districts in Southampton Town should be combined into one district, with one superindentent. It's silly for such small school districts to have such top heavy administration. Very poor use of our school tax dollars just so each school can be autonomous.
By Babyboo (290), Hampton Bays on Oct 15, 10 12:47 PM
You nailed it! These district are very small compared to many in the county.

Total # Students K-12 in Southampton Town 6088*

* includes Sag Harbor School District's 868 students.

Total # students in Patchogue/Medford School District 8675

http://www.publicschoolreview.com/county_schools/stateid/NY/county/36103

If Patchugoe/Medford can handle it, than so can Southampton Town. Time to trim the fat in the budgets.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Oct 15, 10 8:11 PM
Meanwhile, east of the canal, property owners continue to get hosed.
By Noah Way (450), Southampton on Oct 18, 10 4:08 PM
As repeatedly advocated for years, school consolidation would be the answer. But "consolidation" offers various permutations. One could reduce /combine number of actual buildings, staff, sports fields and "services." Another alternative could be to simply combine individual school district costs (but after removing excesses and redundancies) and spread that aggregate sum over the entire tax base of the Town of Southampton. That, at the very least, would eliminate the excessive burden now placed ...more
By Rainfall (22), Hampton Bays on Oct 18, 10 4:17 PM
well if they consolidated look at how many high paid administrators could possibly be out of work!

Perhaps with their stellar leadership skills, fiscal responsibility and ability to lead the east end school districts to such high test scores they surely could find employment elsewhere!
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Oct 18, 10 6:53 PM
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the same ones that are crying for the schools to be combined because of the fiscal prudency of the decisions....have tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt and can hardly divide with double digit numbers. admit that you have no clue what you are talking about. that is a very major decision and the complexities in tax distribution. and many of these same folks are upset that their kids don't fit in anywhere so they figure they combine everything into 1 building so wverything is....well....fair.
By yessiree (78), Southampton on Oct 20, 10 11:10 AM
You must be psychic if you can divine the debt structure of the "folks" out there, much less if they actually have kids in the system -- both of which are totally irrelevant to the subject. If you care about an educated populace, then it is everyone's responsibility to devise a truly "fair" system to accomplish that. As it stands, there are many folks who have never used the school system. The problem is that some districts bear an inordinate school tax burden by virtue of density and zoning decisions. ...more
By Rainfall (22), Hampton Bays on Oct 22, 10 2:54 PM
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