Voters Okay Bridgehampton Library Budget

Despite low turnout, the Hampton Library's proposed 2018 budget of $1.3 million was easily approved on Saturday,  and four members of the board of trustees were elected. 

The budget was approved by Bridgehampton voters 41 to 3, and by Sagaponack voters 7 to 0. Registered voters in both hamlets were eligible to cast ballots.  

Louise Collins, the board president, Jackie Poole, the treasurer, and John Vendetti were re-elected to represent Bridgehampton with 42, 44, and 41 votes respectively. Mbachi Kumwenda was elected to represent Bridgehampton for the first time, also with 42 votes. Martha Brougham received two write-in votes.

The budget is $373,800 lower than this year’s. Although expenses increased, the debt service for the 2009 building renovation and expansion was paid off early, eliminating it from the budget.