Library District Voters Approve Budget, Select Trustees

John Jermain Memorial Library Sag Harbor
The John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. Michael Heller photo

Sag Harbor voters overwhelmingly approved a $3.092 million budget for 2020 for the John Jermain Memorial Library, 231-35, on Thursday night.

In addition to the budget, voters selected three people to fill seats on the eight-member Board of Trustees, in a contested election.

The top vote-getters and new members of the board were Patricia McCormick , with 169 votes, Michael Garabedian — a former board member, with 165, and Bob Weinstein, with 133.

Challengers Daniel Glass, the only incumbent seeking reelection, received 125 votes, Elliott Sroka had 78 votes and Charles Stevenson had 41.

There were four write-in votes, for William Horan, Mary Ann Miller, Jessica Soffer and Stella Stands.

Incumbent board members Alison Bond and Nick Gazzolo are unable to seek re-election having reached their term limits.

Voters approved the $3.092 million budget for 2020, $2,869,889 of which is generated by the tax levy. The budget represents a 2.8 percent increase over the current spending plan.

The average property owner in the library district in Southampton Town will see a zero-percent increase for the second year in a row. Property owners in the East Hampton Town portion of the district, who saw a zero-percent increase last year, will see a 0.41 increase for a property valued at $500,000, or just under $5 per year.

the debt service on the 2009 $10 million referendum that helped fund the restoration and expansion of the historic Main Street library, accounts for $905,000 of the proposed budget, with operations making up $1,964,889 — $1,033,640 funding the JJML staff salaries, with an additional $445,800 making up employee benefits and payroll taxes, $185,640 earmarked for library materials and programming, $213,648 covering administrative and office expenses and $308,461 slated to cover building and grounds.