Sag Harbor Budget Won’t Pierce Cap After All

Sag Harbor Village Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy

Sag Harbor Village taxpayers received some good news Tuesday night when Mayor Kathleen Mulcahy announced the village’s proposed $12.64 million budget would not pierce the tax cap and would instead hold the tax increase to less than the 3.16-percent threshold.

Ms. Mulcahy said the village will use an estimated $400,000 in unspent funds from the current fiscal year to avoid piercing the cap. Spending is still projected to rise by about 5.1 percent, however.

The board considered adopting the budget, but agreed to hold off until its April 21 work session before doing so.

Deborah O’Brien, the president of the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, also appeared before the board to correct a mistake that was reported in the April 1 issue of The Express. An article about the budget, citing a nearly doubling of the payroll for the ambulance service, incorrectly stated that it would now have paid paramedics on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Paid paramedics are on duty from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, but the corps is seeking to hire paid EMT-Bs during those daytime hours at a project cost of $91,675 to serve as crew members or drivers during the day when many volunteers are at work, Ms. O’Brien explained.