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$2M Amagansett fire department land buy up for vote

Voters in Amagansett will decide Tuesday on a fire department proposal to spend $2.8 million to buy a 2-acre parcel of land next to the existing fire department building.

The vote will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the fire house on Montauk Highway.

The land — last used by the Pacific East restaurant, which closed in 2007 — would be used by the fire department to eventually expand its ambulance service and for training. A separate referendum would be needed for any construction, and no plans for such an expansion have yet been drawn up, fire officials said.

Because of the wide range of home prices in Amagansett — one recent online real estate listing had homes selling from $300,000 to $5 million — it was difficult for officials to provide figures showing the tax impact on a typical home in the small community. At a public hearing last week, they estimated that the owner of a house worth $1 million would pay less than $100 a year for the land, depending on interest rates.

The most recent census showed Amagansett with a population of just under 1,200 people living in 513 households.
 

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