The Parrish Art Museum proposes to collect $326,509 in taxes from Southampton School District residents to fund programs in the 2015-16 fiscal year.
The budget vote will be held on Saturday, June 6, at the museum and will be open to all registered voters in the Southampton School District. The tax levy, which has not increased from last year, will be discussed at a public information meeting hosted at the museum, which is on Montauk Highway in Water Mill, on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m.
Parrish Director Terrie Sultan will make a presentation, open to the entire community, on the museum’s budget and plans for the $326,509 in Southampton District funds, and will field questions afterward. As part of the presentation, Ms. Sultan plans to explain how the funds will be used for public programs and exhibitions, as well as educational outreach and community service.
“We are extremely proud to be serving our community with an unprecedented number of exhibitions and programs, and we are committed to being an important place in the lives of Southampton residents,” Ms. Sultan said in the release. “The new Resident Benefits program for residents of the Southampton District is one way we make that happen,” she said, referring to free and discounted programs for residents of the Southampton and Tuckahoe school districts.
Admission to the museum will be free on Saturday to anyone attending the information hearing, and residents will be encouraged to visit the open galleries, cafe and shop before and after the program. The Parrish Art Museum has been levying taxes from Southampton and Tuckahoe school district residents for decades, but this is only the second year the museum opted to hold a separate referendum on the proposal for Southampton School District voters instead of it being included as a proposition on the schools’ annual budget vote.