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Parrish Tax Levy Approved By Southampton Voters

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Erin McKinley

  Apr 8, 2014 3:35 PM
Apr 10, 2014 4:47 PM

UPDATE: Thursday, 4:15 p.m.

The Parrish Art Museum confirmed the final vote tally figures in a press release issued at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. In the release, the Parrish confirmed that the measure passed with 57 percent of voters approving and 43 percent dissenting.

"This is the first year that the vote was held at the museum, and that the proposition was separated from the school budget vote," the release says. "Following the examples of museums and libraries on the East End of Long Island and across New York state, the Parrish chose to move the vote to the museum to enable voters to experience the institution first hand, and to make clear that the proposition is not connected with the school budget."

UPDATE: Thursday, 10 a.m.

According to Mary Pontieri, the district clerk for Southampton Schools who was running the vote, 178 people went to the polls on Wednesday, with 101 voting yes and 77 opposed.

Representatives from the Parrish Art Museum have yet to comment.

UPDATE: Thursday, 9:55 a.m.

The vote to have $326,509 levied on behalf of the Parrish Art Museum appears to have passed, according to Southampton School District Officials, though official numbers are not yet available.

The Parrish Art Museum declined to release the results of the vote. Representatives from the Parrish referred all questions to the Suffolk County Board of Elections. When reached on Thursday morning, the Board of Elections said it was not in charge of the vote and referred questions back to the Parrish.

ORIGINAL STORY

Residents of the Southampton School District are being asked to support the Parrish Art Museum on Wednesday by approving a $326,509 tax to be levied on behalf of the organization for next year.

Until this year, district residents voted on the tax as a referendum that accompanied their annual school budget votes in May, and the district levied the tax on behalf of the Parrish Art Museum. This year, the vote on the Parrish levy will be held separately at the museum’s new home on Montauk Highway in Water Mill.

Other than the new location and date of the vote, the proposed levy represents no change from the past five years. It has not increased and falls below the mandated New York State tax levy increase cap of 1.46 percent.

Based on this year’s tax rate of 1.5 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, a taxpayer with a home valued at $500,000 will pay approximately $7.50 in Parrish taxes next year, according to the Southampton Town tax assessor’s office.

According to Scott Howe, the deputy director of the Parrish, the money 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.

The money will also help support several partnerships with the Southampton School District, including the Parrish Art Club at the high school and an art history program for fifth- and sixth-graders.

Polls are open on Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m. at the Parrish Art Museum on Montauk Highway in Water Mill. More information about the vote, and about museum services, is available online 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 (281), water mill on Apr 9, 14 5:37 PM
This entire vote was by design- the people who will vote for it will have it passed while those against will either not know the vote was today or not be able to get there to vote.
Why wasn't this included as a seperate proposal during the school vote?
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 9, 14 5:57 PM
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Very inconvenient for the taxpayer.
By metsfan2 (32), 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 (12), 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 (12), 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 (492), 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 (6), 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 (230), 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 (104), 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 (599), 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 (32), southampton on Apr 10, 14 4:29 PM
Does anybody know the procedure to challenge this?
178 people just voted to raise our taxes with a skewed vote that much of the community didn't know about.
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 10, 14 4:33 PM
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Doesn't seem fair that a turnout of only 178 people can decide how $326,000 is going to be spent. Most people that I talked to had no idea the vote was held yesterday. It was very poorly advertised. A lot of our senior citizens won't drive on the highway, especially when they are working on the road. The walk from the handicapped spaces to the voting place was also daunting. What were they thinking? Can we call a revote?
By susanarm (6), WATER MILL on Apr 10, 14 9:03 PM
Maybe we can start partition and present it to the town; since this was a local vote I doubt that we would have to go any farther than that.

Anybody interested in starting a petition- maybe start circulating it for signatures and have it ready before the school vote?
I bet that we can get more signatures than they got yes votes..
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 11, 14 7:00 AM
I wonder what the percentage of yes votes were from people who work there...
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 10, 14 4:34 PM
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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 (12), 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 (11), Southampton on Apr 10, 14 11:27 PM
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By foodwhiner (11), Southampton on Apr 11, 14 6:55 AM
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By foodwhiner (11), Southampton on Apr 11, 14 6:55 AM
Spring break art workshop...http://parrishart.org/programs/702
Registration & PAYMENT on line.
By foodwhiner (11), Southampton on Apr 11, 14 6:55 AM
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By foodwhiner (11), Southampton on Apr 11, 14 6:55 AM
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By foodwhiner (11), Southampton on Apr 11, 14 6:55 AM
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By foodwhiner (11), 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 (281), 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 (492), summerfield fl on Apr 14, 14 8:13 PM
I'm more concerned that the vote wasn't advertised closer to the time it was scheduled; not everybody marks a vote for increasing funding for a museum on their calendar, and a big part of the problem with the way this was done is the fact that such a small turnout has the effect on the taxes of the entire town. less than 200 people voted on an issue that actually affects thousands.
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 14, 14 8:37 PM
Phil, I couldn't agree more. Just seems "fishy". I realize that voter turnout is typically low but 200 people?
By dnice (1337), Hampton Bays on Apr 14, 14 9:03 PM
Exactly.
I wonder how many eligible voters there are in Southampton Town, and what about the people from the surrounding towns? I live less than 5 miles from the museum and I couldnLt get there_ what about you? you live in Hampton Bays- it would be a trip just to get there, then add in the workday and the other daily obligations. They made it impossible to get a good representation from all the residents. One polling place from Wainscott to Eastport.
If you couldn't get there, you're at ...more
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 14, 14 9:12 PM
Maybe the left and right would agree that this is some kind of voter fraud perpetuated indiscriminately ?
By marlinspike (1333), Southampton on Apr 14, 14 9:34 PM
I don't think it was fraud- there's no evidence of fraudulent votes being cast, though that could be looked at just for good measure, but the deception of the public- if you want to call it that. More like the failure to be forthcoming about the importance this vote represented and the lack of honest effort to ensure more participation.
More like an intentional suppression of the vote- they knew that lower turnout would favor approval- the yes voters knew about it and would make sure that they ...more
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 14, 14 9:45 PM
Deception = Fraud = Failure. Your voter suppression reference is probably the best analogy.
By marlinspike (1333), Southampton on Apr 14, 14 10:00 PM
Suppression serves no one except those who would gain from the results- in this case, the museum.
If the results were because of a higher turnout, say comparable to the turnout we usually have for school budget votes, of course, many of us would still be dissatisfied, but we would all be satisfied that it was done fairly. But because the vote was the result of such a small sampling of the affected public, and the results affect many more people than just those who voted, there are a lot of ...more
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 14, 14 10:10 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 (1337), Hampton Bays on Apr 14, 14 10:17 PM
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They thought they were going to the porta- potty
And ended up in the voting booth.
And the rest of us end up in the toilet.
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 14, 14 10:49 PM
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 (599), southampton on Apr 14, 14 11:44 PM
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Thanks, Tomanuko. I think the road construction was incidental as well.It was postponed due to the weather from the week before.
I remembered the vote late-night I saw something about it here on 27east but it was already in the evening and I had things to do before I could get out. Not knowing what time the polls closed, I left it to the people who voted to decide.
My bad. I should have gotten there.
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 15, 14 6:30 AM
Voter lethargy can shape an election, I too failed to vote.
By marlinspike (1333), Southampton on Apr 15, 14 9:06 AM
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 (6), 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 (60), Southampton on Apr 12, 14 11:36 AM
I think that the lack of advertising was done on purpose
By susanarm (6), 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 (281), water mill on Apr 14, 14 6:26 PM
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This could have been held on a Saturday.....
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 14, 14 7:23 PM
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 (26), Southampton on Apr 15, 14 8:49 PM
I got in just fine. As did over 200 other people.
By Polandspring (26), Southampton on Apr 15, 14 8:51 PM
Yeah, a whole 200.
By dnice (1337), Hampton Bays on Apr 15, 14 9:18 PM
Most of the people you are asking to pay for this museum will never see the inside of it. This museum isn't designed to cater to the general public. The average taxpayer can't afford to participate in any of its events.
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 15, 14 10:34 PM
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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 (12), 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 (26), Southampton on Apr 17, 14 6:23 PM
dang Phil, I agree twice in one thread;)
By dnice (1337), Hampton Bays on Apr 17, 14 7:39 PM
phil almost rocks.
By marlinspike (1333), Southampton on Apr 17, 14 8:06 PM
Thanks,guys.
I'm all for supporting the museum, but we have to make sure there is a consensus among the taxpayers. No one wants to pay more than they have to, and we sure as heck don't like to feel like we were left out of the decision process.
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 18, 14 6:44 AM
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86M Full-Time Private-Sector Workers Sustain 148M Benefit Takers

Buried deep on the website of the U.S. Census Bureau is a number every American citizen, and especially those entrusted with public office, should know. It is 86,429,000.

That is the number of Americans who in 2012 got up every morning and went to work
By 27dan (1000), Southampton on Apr 18, 14 7:54 PM
Is there a reason that the report you cite- from a far right wing source- doesn't count public sector employees, or would counting them ruin the usual Rush Limbaugh talking points that your parroting?

Just how many tax paying workers would there be if you didn't try to skew the numbers with deception?
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 18, 14 9:45 PM
You also realize that a good number of those collecting benefits are military veterans, too, don't you?
Apr 18, 14 9:49 PM appended by philathome
Are veterans "takers" too?
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 18, 14 9:49 PM
No, veterans are not takers. They are the ultimate givers.
By dnice (1337), Hampton Bays on Apr 18, 14 10:58 PM
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Hillary Clinton Favorability Rating Tumbles to Lowest Since 2008
By 27dan (1000), Southampton on Apr 19, 14 1:37 AM
"New Poll Shows Clinton Clobbering Potential GOP Rivals in Ohio"

"New poll has Hillary Clinton crushing GOP 2016 rivals in Iowa."


"Poll: Clinton dominates early 2016 race; Warren gains on Biden as alternative"
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 19, 14 6:14 AM
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By 27dan (1000), Southampton on Apr 19, 14 8:39 AM
As much as I hate to admit it, I think Clinton will smoke whoever she runs against. But hey, what do I know. I thought Romney was going to win.
By dnice (1337), Hampton Bays on Apr 19, 14 9:06 AM
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What difference does it make !
By They call me (1051), southampton on Apr 19, 14 12:49 PM
All liers are cowards and all democrats are liers.
By marlinspike (1333), Southampton on Apr 19, 14 1:02 PM
What difference does it make !
By They call me (1051), 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].
By PBR (4365), Southampton on Apr 15, 14 7:37 AM
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Best thing I read all week...

“Rancher Bundy should’ve told the feds that those were Mexican cows – who came across the border illegally to seek better grazing opportunities. It was an act of love.”
By joe hampton (1822), southampton on Apr 17, 14 10:45 PM
FYI, Bundy hasn't paid his grazing fees (signed into law by Reagan) in 20 years.
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 18, 14 6:47 AM
Little Harry Reid : domestic terrorist supremo.
By marlinspike (1333), Southampton on Apr 18, 14 7:31 AM
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I'm not going to waste my time with you.
BUNDY is a freeloader. A taker.
He doesn't hold title to the land.
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 18, 14 7:48 AM
I understand, but land disputes are State civil matters not to be enforced by Federal theft of possesions or threat of Federal guns. Let the Judges earn their salaries. Peace.
By marlinspike (1333), Southampton on Apr 18, 14 7:55 AM
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Keep the 10th and the 2nd amendment strong
By joe hampton (1822), southampton on Apr 18, 14 9:59 AM
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. . . . and when in Nevada, try the turtle steak, black beans and rice, delicious !
By marlinspike (1333), Southampton on Apr 18, 14 10:02 AM
The BLM manages the land being disputed. The BLM is a federal agency. The land is under federal jurisdiction.
The 2nd amendment has nothing to do with this dispute, except that the terrorists it attracted put the women in front to get shot first, if it came to that.
By philathome (9001), Southampton on Apr 18, 14 10:19 AM
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Conservative women rock !
By marlinspike (1333), Southampton on Apr 18, 14 10:24 AM
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And I agree with phill on this also dnice I know it is a strange feeling huh... lol
By joe hampton (1822), southampton on Apr 17, 14 10:50 PM
You guys with your agreeing and disagreeing. You realize this is the internet and not real life right?
By Sandy I Duncan (7), southampton on Apr 19, 14 7:08 AM
Not real life?!
Then why am I...*pop*
By loading... (279), quiogue on Apr 20, 14 11:29 AM
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This season's comments are guaranteed to be riveting. Stay tuned.
By marlinspike (1333), Southampton on Apr 21, 14 7:58 AM
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