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Jul 29, 2019 3:36 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Voters Approve Rogers Memorial Library Budget For 2020

Aug 4, 2019 7:31 AM

UPDATE: Friday, 9:50 p.m.

Southampton and Tuckahoe school district voters who headed to the polls on Friday, approved the 2020 Rogers Memorial Library budget of $4,868,901, in a 194 to 35 vote.

The budget gained support from 157 voters from the Southampton School District and 37 from the Tuckahoe School District — 28 voters from Southampton opposed the budget, as did 7 from Tuckahoe.

Both incumbent library trustees, Isabel Sepulveda-de Scanlon and Victoria Kahn retained their seats, with Ms. Sepulveda-de Scanlon scooping up 126 votes, and Ms. Kahn collecting 118.

Georgette Chapek collected the third highest number of votes with 91, and Neil Brownlee received 61.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Voters from the Southampton and Tuckahoe school districts will head to the polls on Friday, August 2, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton Village for the yearly library trustee and budget vote.

This year, two seats are up, with incumbent Board of Trustees members Victoria Kahn and Isabel Sepulveda-de Scanlon seeking to retain their spots. Challenging them are newcomers Neil Brownlee and Georgette Chapek.

Ms. Kahn and Ms. Sepulveda-de Scanlon have each served on the board for a single four-year term.

Ms. Kahn, who is the owner of Hamptons Virtual Office Center and Century Agawam Realty, is a resident of Southampton Village, where both businesses are located. She has an MBA in finance from New York University, along with another master’s degree in French civilization from Paris-Sorbonne University.

Ms. Sepulveda-de Scanlon originally hails from Chile and moved to the United States in 1979, moved away in 1983, then returned to the United States in 1991. Since living in the United States, she has worked for author Leon Uris, started a bilingual television show, co-founded Organizacion Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island, or OLA, and founded the publications, “Nuestra Presna,” and “Voz Latina.”

Ms. Chapek is an “avid” library user, and is a longtime resident of Southampton. She has managed three motels and has worked for the Hampton Jitney for the past 22 years.

Mr. Brownlee is a year-round resident of Southampton Village and considers himself to be a regular visitor to the Rogers Memorial Library, often referring to the spot as his “second office.”

After serving in the U.S. Army, Mr. Brownlee went to college for advertising and has helped launch campaigns for many major companies. He also works as a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Along with selecting two trustees, voters will be asked to cast a vote on the proposed $4,868,901 budget for next year, a $173,045—or 3.7 percent—increase from the current budget of $4,695,856.

Under the proposal, the total tax levy will increase by $174,045, or 3.8 percent, from $4,599,756 to $4,773,801 next year.

Library officials estimate a 2020 tax rate of 0.1516 per $1,000 of assessed valuation—down 4 percent from the estimated 2019 tax rate of 0.1587 cents.

More information about the budget is available online at Myrml.org, or by contacting Elizabeth Burns, the library director, at 283-0774, ext. 501.

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The Westhampton Library, an association library like Rogers Memorial, should allow for trustee elections as well. Westhampton's unelected private club, ahem board, refuses to amend the library's bylaws (like Rogers Memorial did years ago), though it collects nearly $4 million in taxes annually. 17 of 24 association libraries on Long Island democratically elect trustees. Westhampton, Hampton Bays and Quogue Libraries do not.
By st (128), westhampton beach on Aug 4, 19 7:58 AM
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