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May 8, 2012 3:09 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

In Montauk, One Candidate, $18.5 Million Budget

May 8, 2012 4:44 PM

Kelly White is running unopposed for a second five-year term on the Montauk School Board. Voters in Long Island’s easternmost hamlet will also face an $18.5 million budget proposal, 2.2 percent more than the $18.1 million budget approved last year.

If approved, next year’s budget would translate to an estimated 2.87-percent tax rate increase and 2.1-percent increase in the tax levy. The tax rate is expected to be about $53.16 per $100 of assessed value compared to this year’s actual rate, which is $51.68 per $100.

Ms. White is a teacher at the Amagansett School, where she has also been an adminstrator, and both roles help her better serve the Montauk School District as a board member, she said. Her two daughters, Erin, who’s in sixth grade, and Megan, who’s in third, attend school in Montauk, and her husband is a teacher at the school.

Ms. White herself attended the Montauk School, which she called a warm and nurturing environment. “I am so proud of such an amazing place,” she said. While the district certainly has a fiduciary responsibility, she said, “always the goal is the child and their education.”

Ms. White’s brother-in-law, Lee White, turned in a petition to run for School Board but withdrew it the day after the deadline. The deadline then had to be extended by law until May 2, but no further petitions were submitted, according to Montauk School District Clerk Grace Lightcap.

Voters will also be asked on Tuesday to approve a tuition contract with the East Hampton School District, where Montauk students attend high school. The polls will be open at the Montauk School from 2 to 8 p.m.

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