Tuckahoe voters to decide on $15 million budget

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Tuckahoe School District will be asked to approve a 5.39-spending hike and reelect School Board Chairman Robert Grisnik, who is running unopposed, when they go to the polls on Tuesday.

The district’s expenditures are slated to rise to $14.97 million and the tax rate may rise 4.3 percent to $5.81 per $1,000 of assessed value if the budget is approved.

Instruction accounts for the biggest slice of the pie in the proposed budget. Nearly 35 percent, or $5.24 million, of the total spending package is earmarked for that purpose. Tuition to send Tuckahoe students to Southampton and Westhampton Beach high schools accounts for another 28.55 percent, and employee benefits make up 15 percent of spending.

Tuckahoe voters will also be asked to approve $50,000 for the school’s participation in the Southampton Youth Association and $7,868 for the Parrish Art Museum. A third proposition would authorize the district to continue contracting with Southampton and Westhampton Beach high schools and also to contract for busing services to the schools.

Mr. Grisnik, the owner of the Southrifty Drug in Southampton Village, has served on the Tuckahoe School Board for more than two decades, and has also been the president of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce, Southampton Lions Club, Knights of Columbus and the Southampton post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The decorated Vietnam War veteran is a also a retired colonel of the Air National Guard.

Voting will take place in the school gymnasium between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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