Septic Rebate Law Up for Hearing


By Stephen J. Kotz

The Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on a new law that would offer rebates for homeowners replacing aging septic systems when it meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10.

The law would offer rebates for up to half the cost of replacing a septic system that was installed before 1981 and had not been upgraded or repaired since.

In most cases, the rebate would be limited to $2,500, although it would be doubled for alternate sewage disposal systems as defined by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services.

Rebates would be increased if a septic system being replaced  was within 200 feet of any water body.

Last month, Mayor Brian Gilbride noted that the village had set aside $50,000 in next year’s budget to kick-start the program, which would provide funds on a first-come, first-served basis.

The law will be tweaked to prevent homeowners who are upgrading their septic systems as part of any development project to qualify for the rebate, the mayor said.

A similar law was adopted in Southampton in 2013.

“In the upper cove, we are starting to see issues,” Mr. Gilbride said last month. “We are a waterfront community, and this is something I’d really like to get done.”