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Apr 14, 2014 4:29 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Voters Approve Parrish Art Museum Tax Levy

Apr 15, 2014 3:12 PM

Southampton School District voters approved the annual tax on behalf of the Parrish Art Museum last week, one that will collect approximately $327,000 for programs at the Water Mill facility.

In a vote held for the first time at the museum last Wednesday, April 9, taxpayers approved the levy in the special referendum by a margin of 101-77.

In total, voters approved $326,509 to be levied on behalf of the Parrish Art Museum, a tax which has been collected each year since at least 1973. Traditionally, the tax levy was voted on by district taxpayers as a separate referendum on the school district budget vote, scheduled this year for May 20. However, for the first time this year, the museum opted to host the vote at the Montauk Highway facility to draw people to the museum.

“Our goal for this year and beyond is to continue to serve our community in ever stronger ways,” Parrish Art Museum Director Terri Sultan said in an emailed statement after the vote last week. “To provide access to master works of art, innovative and engaging programs and exhibitions, and educational outreach for all.”

She added regarding last week’s vote result, “We have work to do in reaching our audiences, in better communicating how we contribute to the community, and in ensuring a convenient way for voters to participate in their decisions regarding support for the museum.”

In the past, the museum has said the money, which represents only 7 percent of the organization’s $4.9 million operating budget, will be used for a variety of programs, including five art exhibits showcasing five artists from across the country, a sixth exhibit focusing on the work of students from local schools, an after-school art program, and an after-school outreach program. The museum also provides 300 tours and workshops throughout the year, with Southampton School District residents getting first priority when tickets are sold.

“This year’s vote, for the first time at the Parrish, proved to be an important learning experience for us,” Ms. Sultan said in a separate email to Parrish supporters over the weekend, also published in The Press this week as a letter to the editor. “It was moved to the museum for two reasons. First, we felt it was important to separate the Parrish vote from the school district ballot to make clear that the proposition is not in any way connected to, nor does it borrow from or have any impact on, the school budget. Second, we wanted voters to visit the Parrish, experience it firsthand, see the art studio where children learn and work, and enjoy viewing the work of local students in the galleries.”

More information about the Parrish Art Museum budget, and how the money will be utilized, is available at Parrishart.org.

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I was unable to get to the museum today to vote due to the roadwork. Multiple intersections in Water Mill were impassable and when I finally made it to 27, I sat in traffic for 15 minutes. I had to turn around and leave the roadway to pick up my son via back roads south of the highway and then go up island for appointments.

This was NOT a good idea and I'm not happy that I was unable to get to the polling place.
By btdt (449), water mill on Apr 9, 14 5:37 PM
Very inconvenient for the taxpayer.
By metsfan2 (163), southampton on Apr 10, 14 12:22 AM
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How about utilizing the South West facing roof for Solar Power
By mikemezz (1), Southampton on Apr 10, 14 7:57 AM
Must have passed by a very slim margin if they aren't releasing the results...sketchy.
By remytwoton (23), southampton on Apr 10, 14 10:26 AM
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Must have passed by a very slim margin if they aren't releasing the results....sketchy.
By remytwoton (23), southampton on Apr 10, 14 10:28 AM
In the past the vote the vote for the Southampton Public School Budget vote always included the budgets for the Rogers Memorial Library and the Parrish Art Museum. both were located in the business section of the village. It just seemed natural to support all three budgets for the good of the school children.
Now that the Parrish Board took the Art Museum out of the village it seems that they should support their own budget. After all the village and school children will now have a new artistic ...more
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Apr 10, 14 11:49 AM
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Why do they collect money from the school and then charge the school a fee for classes to visit the museum?
By susanarm (7), WATER MILL on Apr 10, 14 12:38 PM
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I thought this was a private institution. I don't really understand this.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Apr 10, 14 12:46 PM
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Very inconvenient, and designed to be that way. Not cool Parrish Art Museum.
By oystercatcher (126), southampton on Apr 10, 14 1:12 PM
Looks like a slim vote to me. 178 voters out of how many eligible voters? If the turnout for the vote is so small should the outcome count? I supported the museum here even though I feel the vote is rigged in its favor by this voting scheme. I think that the proper authorities should look at these voting situations and consolidate everything into one vote at one location. School, library, Parrish and all other such institutions. Its fairer to the taxpayers and voters that it be done on that basis. ...more
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Apr 10, 14 2:59 PM
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57% approved, 43% did not in what appears a very low voter turnout. I wonder in past votes what the percentages were?
By metsfan2 (163), southampton on Apr 10, 14 4:29 PM
Regardless of how one would vote, why is the museum allowed to hold a separate vote on an off day as opposed to the usual practice of holding it on the same day and voting place as the school budget. It all seems very random. Then again, perhaps intentional.
By rv (38), watermill on Apr 10, 14 4:57 PM
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Next thing you know we'll be using school district funds to build a second tier in the parking lot across from the elementary school for all the Citarella shoppers. Would have rather seen some funding for a decent after school program so working parents could have their child involved in gym or art or extra help. HW club only goes til 4.
By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Apr 10, 14 11:27 PM
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By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Apr 11, 14 6:55 AM
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By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Apr 11, 14 6:55 AM
Spring break art workshop...http://parrishart.org/programs/702
Registration & PAYMENT on line.
By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Apr 11, 14 6:55 AM
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By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Apr 11, 14 6:55 AM
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By foodwhiner (148), Southampton on Apr 11, 14 6:55 AM
How did those people get to the museum to vote? Access to the museum was LITERALLY closed off on Montauk Highway. I tried to get to the museum coming from the west and road workers had the entrance to the museum closed off with equipment. When I later tried to approach the museum on Montauk Highway coming from the east, I sat in stopped traffic. Not slow traffic. Stopped traffic. This was after I was unable to use three intersections onto the highway and had to back up and turn around three times ...more
By btdt (449), water mill on Apr 11, 14 5:47 PM
I wonder who knew in advance when the road work was scheduled? I wonder who approved of the road work, was the schedule advertised in advance? This is the very first time that a separate vote for the Parrish Budget was scheduled.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Apr 14, 14 8:13 PM
Phil, I couldn't agree more. Just seems "fishy". I realize that voter turnout is typically low but 200 people?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 14, 14 9:03 PM
Perhaps a large portion of the 200 votes were the road construction workers since they were the only ones who could get there;)
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 14, 14 10:17 PM
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The vote was a local Southampton School District vote. Only taxpayers that live in that district are subject to it. Voters from other school districts in the Town had nothing to do with it. I had no problem getting to the vote due to traffic coming from the Village in the afternoon. If I had encountered traffic because of the road construction I know of three different approaches to the new Parrish in order to vote. I sincerely doubt that someone planned to have the vote there on the day that there ...more
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Apr 14, 14 11:44 PM
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Vote was just for voters in Southampton School District. Tuckahoe School District will vote on the Parrish during the school budget vote. That is the way it always used to be done in Southampton. I don't know if any other school districts vote to give the Parrish money.
By susanarm (7), WATER MILL on Apr 15, 14 9:33 AM
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New RULE: Residents must get a mailer to remind the taxpayer that voting will be held for______, at_____, from the hrs______.

This vote was poorly advertised.
By auntof9 (159), Southampton on Apr 12, 14 11:36 AM
I think that the lack of advertising was done on purpose
By susanarm (7), WATER MILL on Apr 12, 14 5:15 PM
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The fact that the vote to help fund the museum was held on the museum grounds was odd.Perhaps a more neutral site would have been more appropriate?
By doctortom (1), Southampton on Apr 13, 14 1:02 AM
It wouldn't have mattered if you knew the vote was going to take place at the museum. I knew it was at the museum and could not get there due to blocked access from roadway.

This should be challenged.
By btdt (449), water mill on Apr 14, 14 6:26 PM
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It was held on the museums free day. I think the idea was people would vote and then look at the museum, see the art and the space. I believe a lot of people have never stepped foot In the Parrish. Not even when they were in the village. The road work was unfortunate but I got in just fine. The were public hearings, news articles, the website had information...not sure what else they could have done. It's a shame people are making them out to be villains when they offer so many wonderful programs.
By Polandspring (96), Southampton on Apr 15, 14 8:49 PM
I got in just fine. As did over 200 other people.
By Polandspring (96), Southampton on Apr 15, 14 8:51 PM
Yeah, a whole 200.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 15, 14 9:18 PM
You don't happen to work at the museum, do you, Polandspring? Perhaps that's how you got in just fine and know so much about what he museum did to attempt to get the word out? Your comment just seems a little "inside"....
By remytwoton (23), southampton on Apr 16, 14 4:46 PM
No, I don't. But I appreciate the compliment. No I simply know that I had no issue voting and the mothers I spoke to while picking up my kids didn't either. I also read 27east regularly and get the paper. I also go on their site to see what programs they having coming up ( I do this for the aquarium and the library to...)
By Polandspring (96), Southampton on Apr 17, 14 6:23 PM
dang Phil, I agree twice in one thread;)
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 17, 14 7:39 PM
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By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Apr 19, 14 9:06 AM
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What difference does it make !
By They call me (2826), southampton on Apr 19, 14 12:49 PM
What difference does it make !
By They call me (2826), southampton on Apr 19, 14 9:05 PM
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The Print version of the article has been posted [blue link at top].
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By joe hampton (3461), southampton on Apr 18, 14 9:59 AM
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And I agree with phill on this also dnice I know it is a strange feeling huh... lol
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You guys with your agreeing and disagreeing. You realize this is the internet and not real life right?
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