Sayville’s residents head to the polls
Keith Kolar, John Verdone, and Carl Cangelosi

Sayville’s residents head to the polls

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
5/3/2018


SAYVILLE—The proposed budget for the new school year in the Sayville School District once again comes in under the tax cap. A spokesperson for the district said the budget is “fiscally responsible” and “enhances…instructional opportunities for our students and school security measures, has a $93,555,280 spending plan with a spending increase of 3.27 percent and carries a homestead tax-rate increase of 2.24 percent, which is well under the calculated tax cap of 3.56 percent by $763,953.” Only a simple majority is needed for it to pass. 

For the average home assessed at $40,000 before the state’s STAR  exemptions, there will be an estimated increase of $168 per year or $13.77 per month.

In addition to the proposed budget, residents of Sayville and West Sayville will have an opportunity to vote on the library and historical society budgets.

A spokesperson for the Sayville Historical Society noted that the proposed budget is actually lower than last year. The total amount is $97,000, but only $52,690 is from taxation. The funding will help the society pay for the upkeep of the three buildings and grounds, insurance, utilities, supplies and program in addition to staff.

The proposed library budget this year is $3,876,454, which is below the tax cap at 1.92 percent.

On a house assessed at $40,000, it will mean an extra $9.50 a year.

Incumbent Marianne Bastain is running for another five-year term unopposed. She’s the former owner of Runaway Bay Books, the independent bookstore on Main Street, which served the Sayville community from 1991 to 2009. 

Bastian graduated from Marquette University with a degree in journalism. She and her husband Chris have lived in Sayville for over 30 years, where they raised their daughter, Rose. She currently works at Stony Brook Medicine in the communication and marketing department.

“Libraries are meeting the changing needs of our communities. We know we have to adapt the library’s goals through expanded technology, broader community outreach and by redefining the library beyond books, reference and literary programs,” noted Bastian.

There are three board of education trustee incumbents that are running unopposed: Carl Cangelosi, Keith Kolar and John Verdone.